A recent report confirmed the presence of whooping cough in Connecticut, which has so far seen some 121 cases in 2012, thereby making the severity of the disease a lot clearer. It is believed that this year, it might witness the 10-year high.
The disease affected some 68 in 2011. Though it is believed that the disease affects infants, the recent stats show that children from the age of 11 to 9 are at the suffering end. As far as reason is concerned, it is believed that the dithering immunity of children is pushing the cases of this bacterial infection, also called pertussis, up.
Though vaccines are being recommended to fight against the disease, it is believed that some parents actually fear the long term effects of vaccines on children. Looking at the severity of the disease, epidemiologist Kathy Kudish of the state Department of Public Health has recommended a vaccine booster called Tdap to adolescents and adults.
Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control also suggests the vaccine for children above the age of 11 along with elders, expecting mothers, and those in close touch of the infected infants. It would be worth seeing how this disease would be dealt with in the time to come.
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