Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Newest Epidemic?

"Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial disease that spreads through the air and makes it difficult for people to eat, drink and breathe by blocking their airways. The disease tends to yield milder effects among adults and older children than infants, for whom whooping cough may lead to severe seizures, respiratory infections and death. (Whooping Cough)"

On Friday we received a paper from our school informing us that someone in our building had the whooping cough and we were to take necessary precautions to prevent from contracting it ourselves. This seems to be becoming an epidemic; maybe not among adults but among children. This disease seems harmless enough; it's just a cough. However, this cough can lead to many other medical complications which are very dangerous for small children to have. My advice would be to get the vaccine that many hospitals and health providers are providing.

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