Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

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Pertussis or whooping cough is a chronic and contagious human respiratory infection. Once the bacteria, Bordetella pertussis bacterium entered your body, severe cough would follow. This cough will last for months after the infection. Your doctor would recommend you taking all necessary preventions as we consider this disease lethal for children younger than 6 months. Using air transmission to spread the bacteria, this disease poses a serious threat to everyone.

Symptoms

  1. Whooping sound while coughing
  2. Continuous severe cough
  3. Breathing delay
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Vomiting
  6. Pneumonia

Prevention as Suggested by Unanderra Family Doctors

Taking vaccine would be the best recommendation you would hear from your Unanderra Doctor. We recommend adults taking booster vaccine as our immunity usually decreases after 6 – 10 years. If you live in Queensland, do not forget asking your General Practitioner how to get free vaccine for pregnant women in your third trimester.

One of our friendly customer care representatives should be able to assist you to get further information. Please make an appointment today and come into our Unanderra Doctor bulk billing General Medical Practice and Surgery to discuss how we can help.

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