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Do any of you remember that some months ago I mentioned in these electronic pages that Whooping Cough was making a comeback?
Do you have young children? Get informed.
And even if you are an adult, you don’t want to get Whooping Cough.
A doctor friend of mine came down with the highly infectious Pertussis… Whooping Cough… and it knocked her off her feet for a couple months. In a regular meeting of our literary group, she discussed Whopping Cough with another M.D. They scared the you-know-what out of me. I resolved to get periodic Tetanus and Pertussis boosters.
Pertussis is from Latin, of course. Tussio is “to cough” and tussis is “a cough”. The prefix per– is an intensifier.
Whooping Cough is so violent that you can break your own ribs.
Whooping Cough may sound like a blast from the past, some distant thing that perhaps your grandparents may have mentioned.
Now I read this story from the Santa Fe New Mexican:
N.M. infant dies of whooping cough
A 2-month-old San Miguel County infant died from whooping cough last week, the state Department of Health announced Monday.
The agency is still trying to determine how the child contracted the disease, also known as pertussis. There have been no confirmed cases of the disease among the child’s immediate family.
It was the first pertussis-related death in New Mexico since 2005.
The department recommends that babies receive three vaccinations against pertussis by the age of 6 months. According to the recommendations, the vaccinations should be administered at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. Repeated vaccinations are recommended between 15 and 18 months, again between 4 and 6 years of age, again in middle school, and again as a teen or adult.
A booster is recommended for adults who have close contact with infants.
Read the rest there.