You don’t hear about Whooping Cough very often, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This highly contagious upper respiratory infection is severe and can even be deadly for infants.
Whooping Cough normally takes about a week to develop after your exposure to the bacteria. It then begins to show symptoms similar to a cold and severe coughing episodes begin 10 to 12 days later. These coughing spells can cause vomiting and short spells of unconsciousness; if you have either of these symptoms with coughing fits you need to make an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Lately a Whooping Cough outbreak has been making headline news because of the rate it is spreading this year. Okalahoma and California are already reporting the highest amount of cases they have ever seen. 62% of the cases reported this year have been from six states, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Because Whooping Cough is so highly contagious the best way to prevent catching it is a simple vaccination.
For everything you could want to know about Whooping Cough, the outbreak and the vaccine, check Help Prevent Whooping Cough’s site.