Whooping Cough Outbreak

California has been experiencing a Whooping Cough outbreak, with hundreds of new cases, and the deaths of 10 infants in the last year. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that causes violent coughing. The Chicago Tribune (1/19, Stat) reports that whooping cough has made a comeback in Chicago as well. Health officials in Chicago are urging adolescents and adults — especially those who interact with newborns — to get a whooping cough booster shot.” In NYS all 6th graders are required to get a Tdap (Tetanus and Pertussis) booster, but most adults are no longer protected against whooping cough.¬† It is recommended that all parents with infants get a booster.¬†Pregnant moms are offered the vaccine after delivery in many hospitals. Dads should contact their primary care physician.