Doctors warn of whooping cough

Whooping cough cases are on the rise in parts of Ohio.

While we’re not seeing an increase here in the Valley, doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman want to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on all their vaccines.

The respiratory disease is contagious and causes severe coughing fits. Doctors say if a child has a strong cough and can’t stop, medical treatment should be sought. They stress it is preventable if children are vaccinated.

“Overall it’s a trend. We’re seeing more pertussis, whooping cough, partly because people are choosing not to have a full range of vaccinations,” said LeRoy Eberly, Akron Children’s Hospital. “The younger kids are the ones who are at the greatest risk of having a bad outcome with the whooping cough. Getting kids all immunized is a way of protecting the younger kids from getting the disease in the first place.”

Whooping cough is often treated with antibiotics, but hospitalization is possible in severe cases. Eberly said it is still possible to get whooping cough, even after someone is vaccinated.

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