Whooping cough appears in Routt County

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— Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received a report on a case of pertussis in Routt County, according to a news release issued today. The adult is expected to fully recover.

Pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts, according to the VNA.

The best way to prevent it is through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine, called DTaP, is for children ages 6 and younger. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults ages 10 to 64 years is called Tdap. Both protect against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.

The VNA offers the vaccine for $14. To make an appointment, call 970-879-1632 in Routt County or 970-824-8233 in Moffat County.

Comments

bandmama 3 years, 10 months ago

How about some information about symptoms, and treatment? The "Welcome Back to School" bug has already hit some of us, what should we be watching for with whooping cough? As highly contagious as it is, information should have been included with this article.

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mmjPatient22 3 years, 10 months ago

Seriously!!! I mean, how do they expect all of the medical marijuana patients in this area to able to distinguish between symptoms of the "whhhhooping cough"(for the Family Guy fans in the house) and the side-effects of our own medicine? I would second bandmama's notion that we need to be better informed about this threat.

So, to pick up a little of the slack left by the Pilot, here's a little info for those that want it;

http://www.webmd.com/lung/whooping-cough

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