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					                            What is a“Whoop”?




Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. California
is currently experiencing an epidemic of this serious disease. Parents, family members, and
caregivers of infants are being urged to get vaccinated.

It starts like an ordinary cold, but after 1 or 2 weeks, severe coughing begins. Infants and children
with the disease cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs
and they're forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. Pertussis is most severe for babies,
more than half of infants less than 1 year of age who get the disease need to be hospitalized. Teens
and adults don't always develop the characteristic whoop. Sometimes, a persistent hacking cough
is the only sign that an adult has whooping cough. This cough can last for 100 days.

When an infected person coughs or sneezes, tiny germ-laden droplets are sprayed into the air and
breathed into the lungs of anyone who happens to be nearby.

If you think you or your child has whooping cough, make an appointment with your family doctor
or pediatrician. Severe symptoms may warrant a visit to an urgent care center or a hospital's
emergency department.



The best way to prevent whooping cough is by vaccinating. The
childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster
vaccine for teens and adults is called Tdap. Both protect against
whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Vaccinations are available every Thursday from 1pm-4pm on the
Public Health Department’s Mobile Services Van. The van is located
behind the Grass Valley Veteran’s Building on South Auburn Street,
next to Hennessy School.




To hear the whoop go to www.whoopingcough.net:

				
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