Whooping Cough: Much More Deadly Than It Seems


By Lauren H.

Pertussis (also known as Whooping Cough Syndrome) is defined as a ”highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing.” The constant coughing makes your body weaker and more fragile. It also makes it difficult to breathe!

Pertussis makes such a hoarse cough that at the end of the cough, you hear a “Whoop!” sound. It is not funny. Whooping Cough is a disease that should be taken seriously. It can cause permanent disability in babies, and even death. Pertussis is very easy to get.

According to the Public Medical Health website below, “When an infected person sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets containing the bacteria move through the air, and the disease is easily spread from person to person.”

You will know if you have whooping cough by having some common cold symptoms, such as a runny nose and a fever. Also, at the end of your cough, you hear a most disturbing noise. Most doctors cannot tell the difference, but they are medically and legally obligated to get you the antibiotics you may need. If you almost immediately get the antibiotics, the disease can be cured. However, parents still need to monitor their babies’ breathing because they can just randomly stop breathing, and most likely die. How sad is that? To see your baby die that way….

To NOT get Pertussis, you will have to get many immunizations.

1.) The Tdap vaccination, you get when you are two months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 months old. FIVE times you have to get only this immunization

2.) Then the Tdap immunization. You get this when you are around eleven to twelve years old, then continuous every ten years.

You will have to get many more if you actually have this disease.

Now, a warning: You WILL get excluded from things if you do not have the vaccinations. You will not be able to go to school, or any place where other people are located. Now, be smart, and get your Tdap immunization now!

For more information, click on the link below.


Editor’s Note-There are still some Sixth Graders who have not had their Tdap immunization.  This is a state law, not just a Richardson law.  You will not be allow in school in the fall if you don’t get your immunization.  Get yours today and show our school nurse, Ms. Nannette Molles, the proof that you have had it.

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