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Whooping Cough on the Rise

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Whooping cough is making a comeback in California. Public health officials report the worst outbreak in 50 years, with nearly 3,000 cases. Whooping cough is caused by a bacterial infection that is very irritating to the lungs and causes extreme, violent and persistent coughing. Complications can be serious, even life-threatening.

California is not the only state experiencing an increase in whooping cough. Experts attribute the increase in part to decreased rates of vaccination, both in vulnerable infants and in older children and adults. Although the disease is much less serious in adults, they can spread it to babies who are not yet vaccinated.

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In Roanoke VA my son has just been diagnosed with Whooping Cough (which he has suffered with for approximately 2 months). The docs say they can't recommend ANYTHING for him. They don't even recommend OTC cough meds. He has 4 more months to suffer. Are there any traditional remedies that might help him? Coughing until you throw up is not good.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF THE HOME REMEDIES WOULD WORK FOR WHOOPING COUGH, WHICH IS MORE SEVERE THAN A SIMPLE COLD OR BRONCHITIS. BUT IT CAN'T HURT TO TRY THYME TEA A FEW TIMES A DAY, OR PUT VICKS ON THE SOLES OF THE FEET.

My daughter's diagnosis resulted in 500 mg. of antibiotic for 5 days and intervention of the county health nurse. The county case management of her case included contacting and advising all reported individuals that were exposed. You may want to consider another medical opinion.

I am 69yrs old and have NHL in semi-remission short time. I am caring for my new grandson and worried about transmitting Whooping Cough? I will not be vaccinated because my platelet count is just 97 with other counts low.

My question is when will he be vaccinated? and how dangerous am I to him?

Thank you!
Most Sincerely,
CL

People's Pharmacy response: He will be vaccinated at 2, 4 and 6 months, then after he is 1 year old. Here is the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/

Your situation is sufficiently complicated, because of the Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, that we don't have an answer. You need to talk with your oncologist and your grandson's pediatrician. Perhaps one of them will have a response.

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