Saskatchewan Health Authority's Deputy Medical Health Officer in Saskatoon, Dr. Simon Kapaj, spoke with media Wednesday on how you can protect yourself from pertussis (whooping cough), following a cluster of cases in Rosthern and surrounding communities.
Watch the video clip for questions and answers about the situation, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
What is pertussis?
Pertussis, or “whooping cough”, is a serious and highly contagious infection of the lungs and throat caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Young children who have not been immunized get sicker than older children and adults. Early diagnosis and treatment is important to stop the spread of the pertussis bacteria.
Is pertussis treatable?
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics, which help to reduce the spread of infection and the duration of illness when given during the very early stage of the illness.
Pertussis containing vaccines are part of the routine childhood immunization program (2 months of age to Grade 8). An adult immunization program is now available as well.
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