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Clark Health Officials: 44 Suspected Cases of Pertussis, 14 Confirmed
SPRINGFIELD -- The Clark County Combined Health District provided an update today on the outbreak of pertussis cases.
Since October 1 there have been 44 suspected cases in Clark County, with 14 confirmed cases. For the year, there have been 68 possible cases with 45 confirmed.
In 2012, there were seven suspected and eight confirmed cases, for 15 total.
The Health District reminded residents that it is important to remain diligent in protecting themselves and children against the disease.
The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated. There are vaccines for infants, children, preteens, teens and adults. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP, and the pertussis booster vaccine for adolescents (age 11 and older) and adults is called Tdap.
All adults who have not received a Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) should get a dose of Tdap as their next booster dose. All adults should continue to get a booster dose of Tetanus every 10 years after receiving Tdap. Women who are pregnant should receive a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy, preferably between 27 to 36 weeks gestation to maximize the antibody transfer to the infant. Anyone who lives with or is a daily caregiver for children under age 5 years should receive a dose of Tdap, if they have not yet had a dose.
Other precautions to be taken include:
The treatment for Pertussis with antibiotics and early treatment is very important.
Following the schedule for giving antibiotics exactly as your doctor prescribed.
Keeping your home free from irritants - as much as possible - that can trigger coughing, such as smoke, dust, and chemical fumes.
Using a clean, cool mist vaporizer to help loosen secretions and soothe the cough.
Drinking plenty of fluids, including water, juices, and soups, and eating fruits to prevent dehydration (lack of fluids).
Report any signs of dehydration to your doctor immediately. These include dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness or tiredness, thirst, decreased urination or fewer wet diapers, few or no tears when crying, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness or lightheadedness.
Eating small, frequent meals to help prevent vomiting if occurring.
For more information on receiving both vaccines, and cost/accepted insurance contact the Clark County Combined Health District at 937-390-5600, or online at http://www.ccchd.com/
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