(cottontop here)

I have recently found out that there is an outbreak of whooping cough here in Upstate New York. I have heard that Syracuse has had 60 confirmed cases. Jefferson county now has 68 confirmed cases, the last 20 new dignosed from this past Monday and Tuesday.

Are there outbreaks across the country? I’d like to hear from others if they have any confirmed whooping cough cases in their area.  

Whooping cough spreads in upstate New York and nationally
November 14th, 2010 12:15 pm ETSnip

Latest New York news:

Jefferson County in New York, home of Fort Drum, is reporting 19 cases of pertussis in 2010, including 9 new cases. Also in upstate New York, Schuylerville and Hudson Falls schools have announced that students have been treated for whooping cough. 120 cases have been reported so far in Syracuse and Onondaga County.

This obviously is not current stats for Jefferson county (where I live.)

snip

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publish a weekly report titled Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The latest is Week 44, through November 6, 2010. The data is not final, as the various states report cases as they can, not as they happen. California is the most glaring example of this, with the CDC showing 2,355 cases of whooping cough reported for 2010 from California while the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) itself reports 6,631 cases.

http://www.examiner.com/infectious-disease-in-rochester/whooping-cough-spreads-upstate-new-york-and-nationally

Whooping cough outbreak grows in Jefferson County
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010The number of new confirmed cases of whooping cough in Jefferson County has reached 68 and continues to grow.

The Jefferson County Public Health Service is still receiving reports of the illness in children and adults. Stephen A. Jennings, Jefferson County Public Health Service information officer said most of the reported cases are mild, but the outbreak continues to get bigger.

“We are still getting reports of new cases,” he said on Tuesday. “I don’t have an exact number but we are still getting calls from around the county.”

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20101117/NEWS03/311179964

So my questions to the docs and
general public is this:Just how concerned should we be about this? Should we take this as seriously as H1N1? Should the parents get vaccinated? Do older chldren and teens need booster shots? I’m not hearing any public information being broadcasted to the public addressing any of these questions or questions in general.  Any insight would greatly help cottontop. I have a 17 and 8 year old. Are the risks and illness the same for all or is there more danger associated with older age groups?  

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