Help prevent the spread of whooping cough
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Winter is not yet officially here, but the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) is seeing an increase in respiratory bug pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help prevent the spread of the illness. People who may have pertussis are encouraged to see their doctor.
- Begin with cold-like symptoms: a runny nose, possible low-grade fever, and a mild cough. After 1-2 weeks, the illness progresses to spells of explosive coughing that can interrupt breathing and sleeping
- Make sounds as they struggle to inhale air (hence the name “whooping cough”)
- Gag or vomit from coughing
- Experience severe coughing spells for several weeks or months
- Vaccinated individuals symptoms may be milder and without the typical “whoop”
Monitor for the development of a cough illness.
The OCHD recommends that anyone who develops the above symptoms should contact their doctor for testing and treatment.
To prevent the spread of illness: Wash hands often. Cover your cough. Stay home when sick.
Ensure all family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations.
Check with your doctor or the OCHD regarding your family’s vaccination status and to see if anyone is due for additional vaccinations.
Call the OCHD at 715-369-6111 for more information.