New Yorkers are being urged to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough). There has been an increase in the number of cases this year.
“Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease,” said Commissioner Shah in a statement. “Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection.”
The illness often starts with cold-like symptoms including sneezing, a runny nose or low-grade fever, along with a mild cough. The cough will become more severe during the first week or two, and is often characterized by episodes of rapid coughs (coughing fit), followed by a high-pitched whoop. The cough may last for a couple of months and is more frequent at night.
The State Health Department recommends the following steps against pertussis infection: