Posted: Oct 31, 2012 4:51 PM
Recently, whooping cough has hit two Pueblo elementary schools: Desert Sage Elementary and Sierra Vista Elementary. Whooping cough is a disease that spreads through the air. It seems to be on the rise in young children in Pueblo.
El Paso County has reported that there have been 62 cases of Whooping Cough this year. There were seven cases reported in one week this month. Why is this disease maing a comeback? This is a disease that is preventable through a vaccination, but doesn't alway last past a few years after the vaccine. Another problem is that the current vaccine isn't as strong as the original vaccine that eradicated the disease. Good handwashing techniques will help keep children from catching this nasty disease.
If you think your child has whooping cough, contact your doctor immediately. Here's how to tell if your child has whooping cough. The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold: runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, and a low-grade fever. The cough usually lasts over two weeks. It is a dry cough that causes a child to turn red or purple. The whooping sound is caused when a person coughs so much their lungs are emptied of all air and they gasp for breath.
Have you had your child vaccinated?