Across our County, we are expecting to have a large number of cases of Pertussis this year. Vaccination is the best tool we have for preventing pertussis. Although most children have been vaccinated, protection from the vaccine wanes over time, so check with your doctor to make sure your child(ren) is up to date.
Information from Marin Health & Human Services
Whooping Cough is an illness caused by bacteria. At first, symptoms are:
-Red, watery eyes
-Low grade fever (less than 100.4 F)
After 1-2 weeks, the symptoms get worse. Thick mucus builds in the throat and can cause:
-Long coughing attacks
-The face may turn red or blue when a child is not getting enough oxygen
-In young children you might hear a "whoop" sound when they breathe in air after coughing
-Vomiting after a coughing attack
Symptoms usually start 7 to 10 days after a person is exposed, but it can take as long as 20 days.
How is Whooping Cough spread?
-Coughing and sneezing
-Touching items that have been touched with fluid from the nose of a sick person.
The bacteria spreads the most during the first 2 weeks a person is sick, and can be spread as long as 3 weeks.