Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Improving Family Health - Prevent Whooping Cough with Tdap Vaccine

Whooping cough is also referred to as pertussis and it is a highly contagious disease. Whooping cough is so contagious that if one person in the household has this disease, then other members in the home are 90%  more susceptible to catching it too! 90%, now you understand why I post this.

Whooping cough affects infants, adolescents, and adults and per the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend individuals at the ages of 11-64 proceed with the vaccine, Tdap that helps prevent pertussis. Families or individuals most recommended to get this are also those working in the health care field, around an infant, and parents in general if this vaccine has not yet been given yet.

Unfortunately, whooping cough can cause cold-like symptoms resulting in a cough that can take weeks or months to resolve.

It is mainly spread by those clueless they even have whooping cough. This can be spread by simply sneezing or coughing.

In infants, the pertussis vaccine (for whooping cough), called DTaP (for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), is typically given in five doses. The first four shots are given during a baby’s first year and a half of life: at 2, 4, 6, and 15 to 18 months.

Please talk to your child or infant's pediatrician about your infant or child for concerns or questions regarding their vaccination or further ways they may have to continue prevention techniques to use, such as washing hands often.


Let's improve our health and those of our children and those we love from whooping cough by learning more about the Tdap vaccination.

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Leah said...

I had whooping cough and it was horrible! I have never been so weak and sick in my life!

Leah said...

I had whooping cough last year and it was horrible! I have never been so weak and sick in my life. Mine lasted a very long time!

Kelly said...

I am really glad I saw this post today! I was only given 1 of the 2 doses of the pertussis vaccine as a baby, because I reacted to it. Reminds me I need to talk to my Munchkin's pediatrician, to find out when he had had all of the pertussis vaccinations, and is protected.

Thanks for the post! I am a 110% supported of vaccines!

Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman said...

Hi Mandy,
Just bouncing over from blogfrog to have a look at things here. I like what I am seeing so far. it's nice to 'meet' you.


CareGiving Daughter said...

Hi Mandy,
I'mover here from another BF community and I must say Ilove your blog and wish that I had found it sooner. I look forward to continuig to read.


Mandy Zadoorian, Wannabe Writer said...

I'm so glad you all stopped by and your welcome back anytime! I have so many plans for this site, including some awesome giveaways, so stay tuned! I'll be sure to come by your blogs as well and see the wonderfulness (as I like to call others blogs..hehe) too! I love to learn from other bloggers and having a blast meeting new people from The Blog Frog and other awesome communities out there.

Nice to meet y'all! Thanks again for coming over and see you all again real soon! Hope you're having a Very Happy New Year thus far!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mandy - thank you for your kind words and following my blog - I'm glad we're friends!
You have a great blog ... see you online. :) God bless!

Anonymous said...

Like others, I'm visiting from BlogFrog! Thanks for the comment on my blog... looking forward to reading more of yours! :)

Brea said...

Thanks for the post!! I'm following you. Would LOVE it if you'd like to follow me back:

Julia & Cori said...

My family had whooping cough a few years ago and it is AWFUL....I'm all for the vaccines!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following yours!!