Young children are at risk!! “Whooping cough” can be prevented with a vaccine.
Disease Prevention and Control Office 11, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province Warning that young children are at risk of getting whooping cough Emphasize that parents bring their children Go receive the vaccine according to the specified criteria. If you have a low-grade fever, mucus, abnormal cough, and cough 5 – 10 times in a row or more. Until you can’t breathe Breathing makes a whooping sound Hurry and see a doctor.
Dr. Kraisorn Tothapthiang, Director of the Disease Prevention and Control Office 11, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, said that Thailand has reported 70 cases of whooping cough from 1 January – 8 November 2023, with 1 death. The most common age group is 0 – 4. years, followed by 10 – 14 years and 15 – 24 years. The province with the highest rate of illness is Pattani Province, with 44 cases. For the situation In Health Zone 11, no cases have been found for 3 years, but DTP vaccination coverage is still below standard. It may result in an outbreak of whooping cough.
“Whooping cough” is an infectious disease of the respiratory system. Caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, causing inflammation of the respiratory mucosa. Easily transmitted by coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions and utensils of sick people. This disease is common. In children who have not received the vaccine or who have received it but not yet completed it The symptoms of whooping cough in children can be severe and even cause death. Approximately 6 – 20 days after being infected, the patient will have a low-grade fever, runny nose and cough continuously for about 1 week, then cough repeatedly 5 – 10 times or more in a row. Until the child couldn’t breathe As a result, the cough stops and there is a deep, whooping breath, alternating with a series of coughs. Such symptoms can be chronic for 2 – 3 months. Most often, children get the virus from adults who are sick and have coughing symptoms. which adults often do not go see a doctor Because the symptoms are not severe This eventually causes the infection to spread to children in the family.
Dr. Kraisorn added that pertussis vaccine is a basic vaccine that every child needs to receive. Because these diseases are serious diseases Especially if it happens to young children. If not treated in a timely manner May cause death to parents.
Children under 6 years of age must be taken to receive the vaccine according to the specified criteria, which are 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 1 and a half years, and receive a booster shot at 4 years of age. For pregnant women, they should receive the whooping cough vaccine. From 27 – 36 weeks of pregnancy. In addition, adults living in households with young children should also receive the vaccine. To prevent the disease from occurring in adults and spreading the disease to children in the family. Repeat if you have symptoms of whooping cough. Hurry and see a doctor immediately. If in doubt For more information, please contact Department of Disease Control hotline, call 1422
Department of Disease Control
News writer: Thanyathorn Yaowayot
Disease and health risk communication group
Office of Disease Prevention and Control 11 Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
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