Additional Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Cases Reported

Twenty-one new pertussis cases where other children may have been exposed were reported this week, according to County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials today. The County is continuing to see increased pertussis activity in a year that has seen a record number of cases locally. (vaccine clinic information)

There have been 579 confirmed cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, reported in
2010. There were 143 cases in all of 2009 and the previous high for the county was 371 cases in 2005. The State of California has declared a pertussis epidemic.

“Due to the state-declared epidemic, we would like to remind parents that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lowered the recommendation for Tdap booster shots from 10-11 years and now recommend those 7-9 years of age and older receive a booster dose,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “A high level of what is called community immunity is needed to help stop the spread of pertussis. Immunity wanes over time and a booster shot is an important step in helping to increase immunity. (News Release)