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Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Would need to test: Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns.

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