(7-18-19) – The Mercer County Health District on Tuesday reported two confirmed cases of children (8 years old and 11 months) with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
One of the confirmed victims reportedly has been immunized for pertussis and the other one had not received any type of immunization. There is no known connection between the two cases at this times.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, all students entering school should have received a minimum of four doses of DTaP with the last dose being received on or after 4 years of age. In addition, in 2011, a progressive requirement was added for seventh-graders to receive a booster Tdap dose.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths, which result in a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.
The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.