The whooping cough epidemic: there's a vaccine for that


by KING 5 News

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:45 AM

There is a whooping cough epidemic happening in Washington state and around the country. Seattle Mama Doc, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, was on KING 5 with information about the outbreak and what parents can do to protect their children.

Pertussis/Whooping Cough Shots:

  • Infants/kids get TDaP 2,4,6 & 15 months
  • Teens & adults get Tdap once
  • Protections from the shot wears off. Need boosters!
  • All those over 11 need a Tdap booster, even grandparents

What Parents Can Do:

  • Make sure your child is up to date on their shots.
  • "Cocoon" newborn babies -- surround them with immunized people
  • TDaP is especially important for pregnant moms
  • See doctor if concerned. Whooping cough can come even when immunized

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