Whooping Cough Is Making A Comeback

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(Oxford, MS) Deanne Jackson said her daughter started coughing more than usual early in March.

It got so bad, she couldn’t stop, she’d turn blue. She even got a fever.

Doctors ran test after test, before one finally tested her for whooping cough, or pertussis, because he’d seen a couple of other patients with the same problem.

”Actually, I was shocked. It’s something that’s supposed to be eradicated. It’s not supposed to be around. She had all her vaccinations," said Jackson.

Doctors say vaccinations don’t always last as long as we’d like.

”Humans are the only known reservoir of pertussis,” said Dr. Jeannine Hogg of Baptist Healthcare, who reports the illness is common, and potentially deadly for babies, but not so much for adults, though they can still carry and spread the germ that causes whooping cough, even if they've been vaccinated against it.

”It does start wearing off in adults, so it you’re gonna be around people at high risk, a new baby, it’s a recommendation for people with close contact to have them re-vaccinated for pertussis."

Jackson notified her daughter’s school, daycare, and all the pregnant women she knew.

She and her son even came down with her mild case.

"They do recommend for her age group to go ahead and get a booster before the seventh grade. I actually have decided after we take all these treatments, we’re gonna go ahead and all get a booster shot just to make sure."

She hopes the Oxford whooping cough run ends with her family, but she’s not betting on it.

1 Comment

  • Julie

    Doctors constantly misdiagnose this! 9 years ago, I had it and the doctor kept telling me I was congested and I kept saying I wasn’t! You’d think she’d listen, but she didn’t!

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