Auckland has realized a five times increase in the cases of whooping cough this year as compared to that last year, according to a recent report.
It has been seen that there are a total of 322 cases with a contribution of a third in May only. Health experts, concerning the same, have been asking parents to ensure children's safety on priority.
Since whooping cough is a highly contagious illness spread easily by droplets of coughing and sneezing, parents are being suggested to get their children vaccinated against the same. Also, others are being suggested to remain away from children as much as possible.
Reports have found that children are best protected with vaccines given at six weeks, three months and five months of age, respectively. It is being said that the illness can be fatal at times. Parents should also get the booster, recommends Medical officer of health Dr. Andrew Lindsay.
In order to ensure more safety, funding to the antibiotic azithromycin has also been extended by state medicines agency Pharma. The drug is effective to cure the illness in children below one year of age.
"It is very important to look at how you can protect your family, friends and the people you work with", says Lindsay.