Cases for pertussis rising in Louisville

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There is a spike in cases of pertussis in Louisville, according to the Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Officials said there were 62 cases in 2018 and 27 cases in 2017.

Pertussis, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.

Initially it looks like a cough, but it could eventually become more serious, especially in infants and young children, officials said.

"We recommend that doctors test pertussis in patients who have a cough that persists for two weeks or more, "said the health director of the Louisville health and public health department, Lori Caloia." We also urge parents of newborns and children small, as well as brothers, sisters, grandparents and caregivers, are immunized against whooping cough ".

The Department of Public Health and Wellbeing advises children to receive a series of DTaP vaccinations starting from 2, 4 and 6 months, with recall between the ages of 15 and 18 months and between 4 and 6 years. Children should therefore take a single dose of Tdap vaccine at 11-12 years of age.

Pregnant women should receive a single dose of Tdap during each pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks, officials said.

Parents who do not have health insurance are invited to call the Department of Public Health and Wellbeing at 502-574-6520.

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