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Possible 6th case of whooping cough reported in panhandle

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County health officials were notified Friday of another possible case of Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in the panhandle.
 
If that case is confirmed, it would bring the total number of cases in the panhandle to six.

Whooping cough, which has also been called the 'hundred day cough', is a repertory infection that can be potentially fatal to infants.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and babies aren't completely vaccinated until a year and-a-half.

The pertussis vaccination (DTaP) is usually given to infants at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 18 months. 

The TDaP vaccine is recommended as a booster to the DTaP vaccine for people ages 11 to 64.

Community Heath Nurse Sandy Preston says prevention is the best protection when it comes to whooping cough, and everyone should be vaccinated.
 
"It really is a social responsibility as well as protecting your precious children and grandchildren because just as we cocoon the babies by those closest to them we tent to cocoon our society by everyone having a TDaP or DTaP series for children," said Preston.
 
Health officials are projecting this to be the worse year for whooping cough since 1955.

There are currently 160 reported cases of whooping cough in the state of Nebraska.

Preston says 

 

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