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Doctor insights on: Mortality Rate Of Whooping Cough

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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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I'm just wondering, if you have already had whooping cough, do you still have to get vaccinated?

I'm just wondering, if you have already had whooping cough, do you still have to get vaccinated?

A good idea: Even prior episodes of whooping cough (wc) do not give you lifelong immunity.Bacterial infections like wc can give a temporary immune boost, but this will wain over time like the vaccine. After several years, your system can be re-infected & spread it to others. While adult episodes are seldom life threatening, they may transfer it to infants that can die of the disease. ...Read more

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Do you think I'm getting whooping cough if I have a light raspy cough and a cold at the same time or I could just be getting a cold?

Do you think I'm getting whooping cough if I have a light raspy cough and a cold at the same time or I could just be getting a cold?

Common cold: There is nothing slight or raspy about the pertussis cough. It is loud, obvious and intrusive. You should check however that you had a tetanus-pertussis booster vaccine sometime after age 15 or so. Pertussis is enjoying a resurgence that is very preventable. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

To avoid death: The newborn will not develop protective antibodies to whooping cough if immunized at birth & maternal antibodies are usually weak. However, it begins to have that ability by 6-8 weeks when the first vaccine is given.Whooping cough fatalities are >60% in infants under 6 months of age.The young can develop progressive respiratory distress & cough hard enough to have a stroke.You shouldn't wait. ...Read more

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Cough that makes me feel almost like i'm going to throw up? Is that whooping cough?

Cough that makes me feel almost like i'm going to throw up? Is that whooping cough?

Not necessarily...: Any cough can make you nauseous and whooping cough is just one of many cough etiologies. For specific diagnosis and treatment, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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How does whooping cough spread?

How does whooping cough spread?

Contact with patient: when a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts ...Read more

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Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but not clindamycin. ...Read more

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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more

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Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Nothing: Unfortunately, the cough of whooping cough is very unresponsive to all forms of treatment. Cough suppressants, bronchodilators, codeine, steroids etc. Rarely help. I have found occasional patients who do respond to Azithromycin taken on a daily basis. It may help because of its anti-inflammatory effects as opposed to its being an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

Depends: In infancy it can lead to a progressive cough that is so bad the infant strokes out and can die. It is most dangerous to infants in the first 6 months. In adults, it just produces a chronic "100 days "cough. Kids Kids in the middle have variable effect.Untreated disease also leads to significant transfer to those within the persons contacts.Susceptable persons will get and pass disease. ...Read more

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Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Define dangerous: If you believe that a disease is dangerous if it has killed more than 30 kids in the us this past year than that is true.The majority were under 6 months of age and not immunized. It is more of a nuisance to adults, causing a persistent cough known as the "hundred days cough". ...Read more

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How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

Depends on age: Infants have immune factors from mom from pregnancy but it begins to wain after birth.The infant immune system must be pushed so pertussis vaccine (&others) are usually given @2/4/6mo but can be given as early as 6wks if the disease is in the area.Boosters are given at 12-15m, 4-6yr & again @11-18yr. Pertussis vaccine provides a good but time limited protection.Discuss specific needs with your dr. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the of the whooping cough symtopms?

Can you please discuss the of the whooping cough symtopms?

Pertussis symptoms: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can't guess: How could we know that based on the information provided? ...Read more

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What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

Not common: Generally whooping cough is not common because of vaccines. There has been an large increase in whooping cough in the last 10 years. If there is a local outbreak of whooping cough in your area then your chances of having it go up a lot. If you have a person in your house with whooping cough then you will very likely get it. Adults can be given a booster shot to keep them from getting it ...Read more

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What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more

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Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Not at all: Whooping cough/pertussis is a very serious bacterial infection treated with specific antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

B. Pertussis: Bortadella pertussis causes whooping cough. Currently it is recommended to be immunized against pertussis in the pediatric population and once after age 19 (http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.Pdf) whooping cough is treated with antibiotics and measures to support breathing such as oxygen and breathing treatments. ...Read more

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What is the cure for whooping cough?

What is the cure for whooping cough?

Zithromax: First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. ...Read more

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How do you breathe with whooping cough?

Normal unless coughi: With whooping cough, when the patient is not coughing the breathing is perfectly normal. The cough is spasmodic and continues until there is very little air left in the lungs and when the patient then breathes in the whooping noise is made. ...Read more

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