Algoma Public Health is dealing with over 50 cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in the Blind River area.
Pertussis is a contagious bacterial disease which affects the respiratory system. The symptoms start with an irritating cough which gets progressively worse. The cough may be characterized by a high-pitched whoop or vomiting may follow a coughing episode. The cough tends to be worse at night.
Routine immunization helps to protect children and adults from pertussis. Children should be up to date with their routine immunizations, including pertussis. Additionally, all adults are recommended to receive a one-time booster for pertussis (Tdap) during their adult years, especially those having contact with infants or pregnant women.
If you would like to set up an appointment to receive your vaccination against pertussis, please call 1-800-469-2449.
If you have general questions about pertussis, please call the Vaccine Preventable Diseases line at 1-866-892-0172 ext. 5409
“Immunization is the best way to prevent pertussis. Those who are not immunized have a greater chance of getting sick with pertussis. Despite early immunization, infants under one year of age are at the greatest risk from pertussis. Vaccination of pregnant women in their 3rd trimester is strongly encouraged to help provide immediate protection to the newborn, and to prevent the mother from getting pertussis and spreading it to their newborn,” says Stephanie Blaney, Manager of Vaccine Preventable Diseases at Algoma Public Health.
Learn more online at www.algomapublichealth.com.