2017-08-02 / Front Page

Urge Whooping Cough Shots

By Liz Goff
City health officials are urging infant and toddler caretakers to get a whooping cough vaccination. Whooping cough, a violent, chronic spasm also known as Pertussis, can be extremely dangerous to infants and toddlers, city officials said.

Whooping cough usually begins as a generic respiratory illness that progresses to a severe cough, according to a website for the city Department of Health (DOH.)

Cough spasms can be so severe that they cause vomiting in young patients, often accompanied by a sharp “whooping” sound when the child breathes, the website states.

City officials are urging parents and child caretakers to contact their physician for information and availability of the whooping cough vaccination.

The information is also available on the DOH website at: www.health@nyc.org, or by contacting any city hospital, officials said.

Anyone who cannot afford the vaccination is urged to contact the nearest city health center or hospital to arrange for the vaccination.






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