Whooping Cough is Making a Comeback - How to Stop It

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It's an illness that is making a comeback, and it's most dangerous for young children. Several have recently died of Whooping Cough in California and cases are seen in Nebraska on a regular basis. Many times parents are the ones who spread the disease, but we can take precautions.

For six-month old Grayson Klindt, a few tickles go a long way in easing the nerves in a doctor's office. Today is a big day for Grayson, it’s his six month old check-up.

Mom Jessica Klindt says, "he'll get some vaccinations. They'll check his height and weight, make sure he's growing like he's supposed to."

Mom knows for little Grayson, the visit and the immunizations are a must. They protect against so much, including one deadly illness popping up again.

"I couldn't imagine one of my kids hacking like that," says Klindt.

Whooping Cough, or Pertussis, can now be heard in commercials warning that it's making a comeback.

"I've seen the commercials on how dangerous it is, and with me being pregnant pretty much one right after the other, I had to get the shot for both while I was pregnant," explains Klindt.

Dr. Emilio Arispe, a Methodist Pediatrician, says, "parents, grandparents and anyone who is around a newborn baby to get a booster."

Dr. Arispe says babies Grayson's age and younger are most at risk because it's not until this age they receive the third Pertussis vaccination. "A newborn with their vaccination schedule gets the most protection by the time they're six months and have had three vaccines, so that means a newborn baby is very much at risk."

Parents and care givers are many times the ones who spread whooping cough to babies.

"We see it in Nebraska, we have seen cases most recently. We have outbreaks all the time in our school systems," says Arispe. But hopefully not for Grayson, who received his third Pertussis vaccination Tuesday.

Anyone who is around an infant should get a booster – moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers. It's usually given in combination with Tetanus.

The danger to infants is the cough is so bad it can make them stop breathing. Early signs are runny nose and other cold symptoms, but later comes the cough.

To hear the cough again, or get more information, click on www.soundsofpertussis.com.