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Saskatoon Health Region is encouraging parents to get their infants vaccinated for pertussis, also known as whooping cough, following 61 reported cases across Saskatoon Health Region.

Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria spread by direct contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person. The bacteria spreads easily when people are in close contact in households, classrooms and childcare centres.

WATCH: Deputy Medical Health Officer at Saskatoon Health Region, Dr. Johnmark Opondo for details

Dr. Johnmark Opondo/Video Screen Shot

Dr. Johnmark Opondo/Video Screen Shot

Symptoms usually develop 7 to 10 days after a person has become infected but can occur anywhere from 5 to 21 days later.

The first signs of illness are usually a runny nose and an irritating cough, similar to the common cold. Within days, the cough becomes more frequent and severe, often occurring in attacks. The cough can last 6 to 10 weeks.

The coughing attack may end with vomiting and/or shortness of breath. A characteristic “whoop” at the end of the coughing spell is common in children under one year of age.

Vaccination is available to:

  • Children at two, four, six, and 18 months of age, and again between four to six years of age
  • Children in Grade 8
  • Pregnant women after 26 weeks of pregnancy
  • Adults when they are due for their 10-year tetanus and diphtheria booster
  • Adult caregivers of infants less than 6 months old who have not received an dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster as an adult.

According to Opondo, a rough estimate on pertussis vaccinations would be that 25% of population are either behind or not vaccinated against pertussis.

Find immunization locations at Child Health Clinics for those children who may be behind in their immunizations.  Adults who are eligible for funded Tdap vaccine and unable to attend the drop-in clinics, contact the International Travel Centre to book an appointment.

1 Comment

  1. Redpill1 says:

    “Acellular Pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model,” used infant baboons to test the hypothesis that “current acellular pertussis vaccines fail to prevent colonization and transmission” of B. Pertussis. http://www.pnas (dot) org/content/111/2/787.
    Lead author Tod Merkel did comment to the New York Times that when exposed to B. Pertussis after recently getting vaccinated, you could be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others, saying: “When you’re newly vaccinated, you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population.” According to Tod Merkel of the FDA, it has now become clear that the vaccine does almost nothing to prevent the spread of whooping cough. Although it does seem to prevent about 80 percent of people from showing symptoms of the disease, it does not prevent them from catching it or spreading it.

    Study: Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they’re infectious? clinicalnews(dot)org/2015/06/24/study-whooping-cough-resurgence-due-to-vaccinated-people-not-knowing-theyre-infectious/comment-page-1/. From study/article: “a detailed epidemiological model of whooping cough transmission to conclude that acellular vaccines may well have contributed to — even exacerbated — the recent pertussis outbreak by allowing infected individuals without symptoms to unknowingly spread pertussis multiple times in their lifetimes.

    ‘There could be millions of people out there with just a minor cough or no cough spreading this potentially fatal disease without knowing it,’ said Althouse. ‘The public health community should act now to better assess the true burden of pertussis infection. What’s worse, their model shows that if the disease can be spread through vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals essentially undetected.

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