According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, an eighth case of pertussis (whooping cough) has been reported. Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be very dangerous to infants and young children. If you haven’t had your Tdap vaccination to prevent whooping cough, please call the Public Health offices in Afton or Kemmerer to schedule an appointment to receive it. This is especially important to get if you’re going to be around newborn or very young babies this holiday season who have not yet had the opportunity to receive the vaccine or all of the pertussis preventing vaccine doses recommended in the childhood vaccination schedule.
If you are pregnant and have not yet had your recommended dose of Tdap, make your appointment to get it as soon as possible. Getting the vaccine in the third trimester enables you to create antibodies to pass along to the baby before birth. It can provide short term protection against pertussis.
Visit the CDC’s Pertussis information page for facts on whooping cough, its symptoms, treatment, preventing it with the vaccine, photos of what pertussis looks like, and sound bites that illustrate what a person with pertussis sounds like.