2013 Whooping cough epidemic in Texas

Texas is a southern neighbor for us, Kansans.  Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in Texas and is projected to hit a 50-year high!  Nearly 2000 cases of whooping cough have been reported in Texas this year with two infant deaths due to the disease.  Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial infection that may begin with cold-like symptoms and a mild cough.  Severe coughing can start two weeks later.  It is contagious when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. 

The Tdap vaccine has pertussis in it.  We give this vaccine to pregnant women, children ages 2 and 4 and 6 months old.   The first vaccine that a 2 month old gets does not fully shield them from the infection.  Frequent boosters are needed  help secure immunity.  Infants are at most risk for the most severe respiratory complications and death.

Friendly advice:  Get the Tdap vaccine if you are due.  Stay home from work/school if you are ill. Cover your cough.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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