We have seen a record high number of Pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 18,000 cases have been reported in the United States this year – more than twice the number reported this time last year. 547 cases of pertussis have been reported in Utah so far this year. The greatest incidence continues to occur among infants less than one year of age. Nationwide trends also indicate an increase in pertussis cases among school-age children. Similarly, Utah is experiencing an increase among school-age children 10-11 and 13-14 years of age.
Pertussis continues to be a health threat among infants and children who are not adequately vaccinated, as evidenced by the ongoing pertussis outbreaks in Utah. Pertussis vaccine is effective in preventing disease when given at the appropriate ages and intervals. It is important that infants and young children receive the pertussis vaccine by the recommended ages to prevent the serious consequences that can result from pertussis. It is equally important for adolescents and adults to be vaccinated against pertussis to protect themselves and others who are too young to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated due to health conditions. We offer vaccination for patients, their parents and other caregivers here in our office. Just call and schedule a nurse visit and we will get you protected.
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