National Immunization Awareness Month
Protect yourself and the ones you love against whooping cough.
What is pertussis?
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious disease that affects your lungs and ability to breathe normally. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person. It can be easily spread through a sneeze, a cough or even talking up close, could lead to exposure.
Pertussis is highly contagious during the first week of infection. This is why, when a source is identified, it is often found that babies have contracted the disease from parents, caregivers or other loved ones.
Although it is far less common than it once was, pertussis cases have been increasing across the country including the state of Michigan.
According to the Department of Community Health, there were over 1,559 reported cases of pertussis, which included one death of a 3-month old infant in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported cases have been rising among teens and infants since the late 1980s.
Let's silence the sounds of pertussis by getting a Tdap vaccination every 10 years. Creating a circle of protection around your baby is one of the best things you can do.
To view the recommended immunization schedule for each family member, please visit cdc.gov .
Reasons for concern
90% of reported pertussis deaths are among babies under 4 months of age. 72% of babies less than 6 months of age reported to have pertussis, are hospitalized. One in 10 children reported to have pertussis also has pneumonia.
This is why the CDC recommends that adults receive a booster of the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine every 10 years. The CDC and Hap is also encouraging vaccination for mothers of young infants and other close contacts of these children to help protect them until they are fully vaccinated.
When you get vaccinated, not only are helping to protect your own health, you're helping to protect your baby too.
Is your baby this close to catching pertussis?
Even if babies have already begun their pertussis vaccine series, they're probably not protected until they've had at least three doses.
The symptoms of pertussis typically start 7-10 days after exposure and have three stages of the disease.
- Stage 1- Sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and mild to occasional coughing lasting 1-2 weeks.
- Stage 2- Vomiting, cracked ribs and a hernia lasting 1-6 weeks.
- Stage 3- Usually lasts 2-3 weeks. In this stage, coughing spasms gradually decrease in intensity and usually disappear after 2-3 weeks.
Let's Silence the Sounds of Pertussis! Get a Postpartum Care Visit and Win!
Members who get a timely postpartum care visit in 2011 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Apple iPad or a 0 gift card. If you did not receive a Tdap vaccination upon discharge from the hospital, be sure to ask for it on your postpartum visit.
- Please click on the link provided below for additional prize information.
Learn the facts, share the facts and save lives:
- Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Department of Community Health (DCH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adult Immunization Schedule, 2011.
- Department of Community Health (DCH). Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in Michigan, 2011.
- Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS). Weekly Disease Report, 2011.
- Sanofi Pasteur Inc. Sounds of Pertussis, 2010.