NYers urged to get vaccinated against whooping cough | Health
New Yorkers are being urged to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough). There has been an increase in the number of cases this year.
“Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease,” said Commissioner Shah in a statement. “Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection.”
The illness often starts with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, a runny nose or low-grade fever, along with a mild cough. The cough will become more severe during the first week or two, and is often characterized by episodes of rapid coughs (coughing fit), followed by a high-pitched whoop. The cough may last for a couple of months and is more frequent at night.
The State Health Department recommends the following steps against pertussis infection:
- Follow appropriate vaccination guidelines and consult with a health care provider to ensure immunizations are up-to-date.
- Get tested and seek treatment at the first signs of pertussis symptoms, especially if you have young children at home or come in contact with children in other situations (e.g., work, recreational activities).
- If possible, avoid close contact with others if you or your child is sick. Stay home , and follow good cough hygiene techniques, including hand washing and covering your mouth when you cough;
- Keep infants under the age of one away from anyone who has a cough or other symptoms of pertussis, if possible.
- Be prepared to cooperate with the local health department to help them track the disease and contact friends, schoolmates, and others who may benefit from preventive medicine.