Pertussis

Press Release No. 2015-049

Pertussis

For Immediate Release

May 29, 2015; 4:05pm

DPHSS Release No. 2015-049

Pertussis

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) received no new case report of pertussis (whooping cough), for the week of May 18 – 25, 2015.  To date, a total of 16 cases of pertussis were laboratory confirmed and one epi-linked.

Pertussis is a very serious disease that can easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing, severe cough can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting.  Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for infants younger than 12 months old and people with weakened immune systems. 

Recommendations to prevent Pertussis:

 

  1. Vaccinate to protect.
    • Children should get five doses of the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine for best protection.  Make sure your children receive all their doses at each of the following ages: 2 months; 4 months; 6 months; 15 – 18 months; and

4 – 6 years of age.

    • All preteens, teens, and adults- including pregnant women in their third trimester- should get the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
  1. Minimize the spread.
    • Protect infants and young children by minimizing exposure (close contact) to persons who have cold symptoms or cough illness.
    • Stay home from school or work when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Anyone suspected of having whooping cough or who is exposed to a person with the disease should be seen by their physician.

The DPHSS, Immunization Program is conducting a special immunization outreach “Vaccinate Before You Graduate” at the Agana Shopping Center, center court on May 30, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for children 4 years to 18 years of age.  Vaccinations will be provided while supplies last, except for Varicella (chickenpox) and TB skin test, and limited to individuals with Medicaid, MIP or No insurance.

All health care providers are urged to remain on alert for possible cases of pertussis and to promptly report suspect cases to the Immunization Program, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, at 735-7143/7148 or 735-7135.

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