Local Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise
Cases of whooping cough were reported in both Lehigh and Northampton counties earlier this year.
A a student at Easton's March Elementary School also was diagnosed with the iillness.
But is seems that these reported instances of whooping cough only tell a small part of the story. According to a report by WFMZ, local health officials say the number of whooping cough cases in the Lehigh Valley region is higher than it's been in years.
"For every confirmed case, we probably have boatload more that haven't been detected yet," the Allentown Health Bureau's Vicky Kistler told the TV station.
Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial infection that can be particularly serious for babies.
To deal with whooping cough, the state Department of Health offers these tips:
- All Pennsylvanians should get vaccinated and protect themselves.
- The typical childhood vaccine immunization series is at 4, 6, 15-18 months and a booster at 4-6 years old.
The adolescent-adult Tdap vaccines are recommended for:
- Individuals 10 to 64 years of age who are not fully immunized
- Women of childbearing age, before or immediately after pregnancy
- People who have contact with pregnant women or infants too young to have received a full series of vaccinations
- All family members and caregivers of infants.