Whooping Cough

Infants’ Catch Whooping Cough More From Siblings, Less From Mom: Study

In a new study it is found infants are less to catch whooping cough from moms than from siblings. Researchers have also found a way how to protect this.

Prior to the finding it was always assumed moms were the common source of infection for infants.

Infants face greatest risk from whooping cough and sometimes it lead to death too, especially before two months. Experts have come up with two strategies to protect from it.

Researchers suggest vaccination to parents, siblings and other close contacts, and also vaccination to pregnant women.

Vaccination to parents, siblings and others may not be too effective and so boosting low vaccination during pregnancy should be given more priority.

Researchers examined data of more than one thousand infants from 7 states. All were diagnosed of whooping cough between 2006 and 2013. It was found siblings were responsible for about one-third of the cases and in one-fifth of the cases mom were responsible.

Whooping is called pertussis too and details of the finding are published in the Pediatrics journal.

Whooping is contagious and starts with cold-like symptoms and then moves on to severe coughing fits.

Even though all the children develop it, but doses are much recommended. By 6 years of age five vaccines are suggested. Booster shots are required at age 11 or 12. These shots offer good protection, but the effectiveness is only for few years. This is the reason children need to be vaccinated for several times at prescribed gap of certain years.

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