26 new pertussis cases reported in San Diego county

– From San Diego County News Center

Pertussis activity in the region remains high with 26 new cases confirmed last week, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting.

The new cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, bring the total in the county to 360. Cases were reported at seven locations where members of the public may have been exposed to the highly contagious illness.

The new total is more than double the 165 cases reported last year. While there has been a significant increase in pertussis cases this year, the total is lower than the 1,179 cases reported in 2010 and the 400 cases reported in 2011.

“Pertussis activity continues to be high, and parents should make sure their children have received all the recommended doses of the vaccine,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

A typical case of pertussis starts with a cough and runny nose for one to two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever, if present, is usually mild. Antibiotics can lessen the severity of symptoms and prevent the spread of disease to others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get doses of DTaP vaccine at the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years. A Tdap booster shot is also recommended for preteens and adults.

“The ultimate goal is to prevent deaths that can result as a complication of pertussis,” Wooten added. “Infants under one year of age are especially vulnerable because they do not have the full series of pertussis vaccinations.”

Parents can obtain the vaccine series and the Tdap booster shot for themselves and their children through their primary care physicians. Local retail pharmacies offer vaccinations for a fee, and anyone who is not covered by a medical insurance plan can get the shot from a County Public Health Center at no cost.

For more information about whooping cough and ongoing vaccination clinics, call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966, or click here.

All pertussis cases in which exposures to the public may have occurred were up-to-date on immunizations except for the one case noted:
A 10-year-old at Pepper Drive School in the Santee School District.
An unimmunized individual at San Diego Center for Children in San Diego.
An individual at North County Community Services in Vista.
An individual at North Coast Church in Vista.
An 11-year-old at Joan MacQueen Middle School in the Alpine Union School District.
An individual at Queen of Angels Church in Alpine.
An individual at Alpine Dance Academy in Alpine.

Related posts:

  1. Five new cases of pertussis reported in San Diego
  2. Officials urge residents to get whooping cough vaccinations
  3. Whooping cough cases more than double since 2009
  4. Whooping cough cases on rise
  5. Air quality rules changes could affect SD's compliance

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=118619

Posted by Staff on Dec 31, 2013. Filed under Health & Science, Region. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]
  • Carmel Valley 5K and 10K to hit Gonzales Canyon trails in September July 28, 2014
    A new trail running race is coming to Carmel Valley this fall. Jeff Stoner of Del Mar’s Seasick Marketing visited the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board to update the board on the plans for the Carmel Valley Trail 5K and 10K Run, set to take place on Sept. 20. A portion of race proceeds will go toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation. […]