Just when the flu season is waning, I read an article about whooping cough (Pertussis). No, I don't have a persistent cough but I was surprised about what the article said. It stated that the vaccination that people get to prevent it starts to wear off in only a few years. It seems that it has now becoming a problem with people in middle age and older. What is even worse is that it is very, very contagous.
The big misconception is that only children can get it so when an adult comes in for a doctor's appointment, they don't even concider that an older person with a pesistant cough has whooping cough. Another rason why so many cases go undiagnosed in adults is that they recieved the vacination when they were young and it still gives them some advantage, so they don't get a severe case.
So, what can we do about it? I suppose we could all go to the doc's and ask for a booster vacination. But how many of us are going to do that? A pharmacutical company has donated 117,000 free booster shots to health clinics for low income families. The more people who are protected, the fewer people there are who get it and pass it along. So, how about all you get the vacination so that I don't have to. Now that sounds like a plan to me. Now you all have a cough free day, you hear?