Whooping Cough is Back — Get Vaccinated

This year, don’t just stop at getting a flu shot — make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccination for pertussis (whooping cough) too.  Whooping cough has reached its highest numbers in 60 years, says the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment (see their press release here.)  The disease, which is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, is highly contagious.  So be sure and protect yourself and your family.  The CDPHE has a wealth of information on their pertussis webpage, including a fact sheet on the illness, resources for schools and childcare centers, manuals and best practices for health care professionals, and statistics by date, age group, and location.  Also, see the annual Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Colorado Surveillance Report, available online and from our library, for more information.