DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - In the past nine days, 11 children have tested positive for pertussis, or whooping cough, at Dayton Children's Hospital, officials there said Thursday.
"Pertussis is an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria most often found in infants and young children," says Sherman Alter, MD, director of infectious disease at Dayton Children's. "It is very contagious and easily spreads."
Specialists at the hospital are urging parents to know the signs and symptoms of pertussis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, An infection usually starts with flu-like symptoms: sneezing, dry cough, slight fever, loss of appetite or poor feeding. This is then followed by two to six weeks of coughing spells. Vomiting or spitting up mucus may occur after the coughing spells. Pertussis typically lasts six to 10 weeks.
Children, particularly infants, are at serious rick of contracting whooping cough.
To prevent pertussis, Dr. Alter and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the following:
• Wash hands thoroughly.
• Keep children away from anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
• Vaccinate your children, teens and yourself. Combination vaccines are used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. The DTap vaccination is given to children younger than 7 years of age and Tdap is given to older children and adults.
• Children get a dose of DTap at each of the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15-18 months and at 4 to 6 years.
• The preferred age for pre-teen Tdap vaccination is 11 to 12 years old. Adolescents not previously vaccinated should receive a single dose of the vaccine.
• Adults who have not previously received Tdap and are in close contact with an infant under 12 months of age should also receive the vaccine.
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