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Whooping cough
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Donna from Mo    Posted 12-23-2004 at 06:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Schools in the area are having an outbreak of old-fashioned whooping cough. I remember having it when I was about six... terrible!

One of the twins next door had a terrible cough for almost a month, and Cliff kept saying, "He's got whooping cough". "Nah," says I. "I don't hear the characteristic 'whoop'."

Well, guess what. I learned today that the "whoop" isn't always present with whooping cough, especially in older kids and adulds. And immunity wears off as you get older, too!

I found this interesting:
"Young children who get pertussis usually catch it from adults. The pertussis germ is widespread in the adult population, a fact unknown to parents and unfortunately, to many doctors who care for adults. For example, 26% of those students at the University of California at Los Angeles who had a cough that lasted more than five days had pertussis. Very similar percentages have been found around the developed world. Doctors who care for adults rarely even consider the diagnosis of pertussis in an adult unless the patient has a classic whoop at the end of the cough - a symptom which can often be absent. They generally refuse to consider the diagnosis even if the patient himself mentions it (imagine that - a doctor not listening to the patient...)! Yet another study showed that 20% of adult patients with any cough lasting more than a week were blood test positive for pertussis infection."


Zenia    Posted 12-23-2004 at 08:13:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the information!

There is quite a movement these days (in my not so humble opinon, a paranoid movement) amongst many parents not to immunize their kids. Parents too young to know people who have been permanently disabled by polio, for example. Well, I am not thrilled with vaccinating my kids, either, but the alternative is less appealing. I do think parents should be informed and selectively vaccinate. Those who do not vaccinate rely on those of us who do. The pendulum will swing the other way, when parents start seeing their kids come down with very serious illnesses.


Zenia    Posted 12-23-2004 at 09:26:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doh! sorry didn't mean to post twice, I forgot to say Thank You!


Zenia    Posted 12-23-2004 at 08:12:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is quite a movement these days (in my not so humble opinon, a paranoid movement) amongst many parents not to immunize their kids. Well, I am not thrilled with vaccinating my kids, either, but the alternative is less appealing. I do think parents should be informed and selectively vaccinate. Those who do not vaccinate rely on those of us who do. The pendulum will swing the other way, when parents start seeing their kids come down with very serious illnesses.


Bkeepr    Posted 12-23-2004 at 08:10:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The article speaks with too much certainty--as if this is a black-and-white issue. Almost no illnesses are that clear.

Fact is that severity of the illness caused by that bacteria varies from person to person. So it is true that lots of folks get coughs caused by this bacterium, but the degree can range from mild cough, paroxysmal cough, to severe clinical illness...the last two are the only ones we'd all call "whooping cough," but they're not all that common. This article seems to imply that anybody who is ill from this bacteria will all go to the last stage, which simply isn't true.

Tom A


mark    Posted 12-23-2004 at 07:13:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
they've had alot of trouble in N.D. with it this
year, there's alot of it in Minot


Buddy    Posted 12-23-2004 at 13:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was watching the news yesterday and they are saying it is hitting here in VA too. First time I have herd of the cough around here in years.


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