According to the associated press, whooping cough and other diseases that most thought were a thing of the past are beginning to resurface. In fact, this highly contagious and infectious disease is affecting numbers of children from infancy to the age of six months.
Your pediatrician recommends immunization against pertussis, or whooping cough at the ages of two, four, and six months to help protect against whooping cough. Your pediatrician also recommends two more doses up the age of six.
Unfortunately, thanks to the media, parents are being led to believe that vaccinations are unnecessary, but your pediatrician will tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In 2012, more than 48,000 Americans contracted whooping cough, which was a 50-year high. Adults usually recover from Whooping cough, but for infants and young children, whooping cough can be deadly.
Immunization really is the key when it comes to prevention, and if you would like more information regarding whooping cough and other infectious diseases, schedule an appointment with Powell Pediatrics.