Up-to-date Pertussis Case Data
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that can be found in the mouth, nose and throat of infected persons. Pertussis can occur at any age. Between 2000 and 2010, approximately 60 percent of pertussis cases in Oregon were 10 years of age or older; hospitalization and death from pertussis (4 in Oregon in the past 5 years) have been limited to those under 1 year of age.
Pertussis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection. Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two to three weeks, however, the cough may become severe with episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high-pitched whoop. A thick, clear mucous may be produced. These episodes may recur for months and are more frequent at night. Adults or partially immunized children generally have milder symptoms, and may not produce the characteristic “whooping” sound.
Pertussis Fast Facts
Vaccination is the first line of defense against the spread of pertussis and research shows that it is effective in preventing disease in at least 80 percent of individuals. While most individuals receive pertussis vaccination as part of the routine childhood immunization series, immunity wanes in 5 to 10 years making it necessary for all adults to receive a booster vaccination (called Tdap) in order to restore immunity.
The Lane County Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following age appropriate pertussis vaccines:
Please check with your preferred health provider for more information about receiving the DTaP vaccine and the Tdap booster. There are also a number of pharmacies in Lane County that can administer the booster.
See below for a complete list of area pharmacies with the booster and additional information on pertussis immunization.
Pharmacies with and Tdap