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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7B Whooping cough on the rise in California Plumas County Public Health Agency reminds resi- dents that those who live with or care for an infant need make sure that they have received a vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) to avoid inadvertent- ly infecting them. Last week, California health officials said cases of whooping cough have quadrupled compared with last year. Young infants remain most vulnerable to the ill- ness, which causes intense coughing and vomiting re- lated to coughing, and could lead to pneumonia and seizures. Five newborn babies in California have died so far this year, and at least 910 people are confirmed to have the illness. "Infants under one year of age are at highest risk for developing severe, even fa- tal complications. However, the youngest of these vul- nerable residents are not old enough to have received the number of vaccine doses needed to be protected against whooping cough," said Valeska Armisen, M.D., Plumas County health offi- cer. "Therefore, it is up to those that live with or care for an infant to ensure that they themselves are protect- ed against pertussis. Par- ents, grandparents, older siblings, day care workers and other caregivers who have whooping cough are most likely to pass on their infection to an infant. It is important that those who are eligible for the pertussis vaccine immediately seek out vaccine." Dr. Armisen added, "Peo- ple are not getting the boost- er at age 11 or 12, which is recommended by the CDC," "It's something families don't necessarily think of because there's not a re- quirement for school entry for this booster." According to a recent study, 41 percent of infants infected with pertussis con- tracted the disease from sib- lings, 38 percent from their mothers and 17 percent from their fathers. Anyone who has frequent contact with an infant is urged to make sure their vaccinations are up-to- date. In addition, anyone with a cough illness of any kind should avoid contact with infants. Plumas County has had one laboratory confirmed case, in an adult. So far, no other cases have been sus- pected or reported in the county. The disease is vac- cine-preventable; it is up to those who are able to get the vaccine to become the first line of defense against whopping cough. Pertussis is spread by the coughing of an infected indi- vidual. Typical symptoms in young children include in- tense coughing accompa- nied by a whooping sound, and post-cough vomiting. Complications can include pneumonia and seizures. Among older children and adults, the primary symp- tom may be a cough that of- ten lasts for several weeks or longer. Anyone who sus- pects he or a loved one may have pertussis should con- tact a doctor right away. Children should receive three primary vaccinations containing the pertussis vaccine and two boosters by age four to six, followed by a Tdap booster (which pro- tects against tetanus, diph- theria and pertussis) during their preteen years. Any teen or adult who has not received a Tdap booster yet should do so, particular- ly if they live in a household with an infant. Plumas County residents are en- couraged to contact their regular healthcare provider to arrange for recommended vaccinations. Everyone should also practice standard hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of any illness. These healthy habits include washing hands often with soap and water, staying home from work or school when sick, avoiding touch- ing eyes, nose and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes appropriately with a tissue. Those who do not have a regular healthcare provider or insurance coverage for vaccines may contact Plumas County Public Health Agency to schedule an appointment. The cost of the vaccine is $15 per dose. However, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Bring a copy of immuniza- tion record for updating. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Public Health, call 283-6330. PliJmas Tea Party Par00rlots meeting held After a strong start, with about 225 folks in atten- dance at the first meeting June 12, Plumas Tea Party Patriots, a division of Nor-Cal Tea Party Patriots, has scheduled bimonthly meetings. 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