Whooping Cough

A disease of the past appears to have made its way back. Doctors have reported nearly 600 cases of Pertussis, or Whooping Cough here in Illinois. Doctor Joseph Giardano with Edward Medical Group believes the sickness has made a surge because people aren’t getting vaccinated. According to Giardano, a Whooping Cough vaccination should be done every five years. The symptoms are the same to that of a traditional coughing cold except they last much longer.

“It looks initially for all intensive purposes like a cough, like a common cold,” said Giardano. “People realize that it’s either a deeper cough that they have or have had for a while or it just won’t go away and actually in Japan they’ve nicknamed it the cough of 100 days because it lasts so much longer than your standard cold type cough does.”

Doctor Giardano says it’s an extremely contagious disease, so if you experience symptoms it’s important to see a doctor right away.

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