An outbreak of whooping cough in Great Bend, Kansas has killed one person and left five people ill in the last month. Barton County Health Department officials say the patients range in age from four months to middle age, though they are not releasing information on the patient who died. They are urging everyone to make sure their whooping cough vaccines are up to date, or get a booster if needed.
Doctors at The University of Kansas Hospital say it’s unfortunate that a disease that’s very preventable is still affecting so many people. Dr. Steve Lauer, a pediatrician, offers comments on the following:
- Why it’s not surprising to see an outbreak
- Is it expected in the Kansas City area?
- Why we should be concerned about whooping cough
- How it’s spread
- The symptoms
- The treatment
- How it’s prevented
- Is the disease making a comeback?
- What doctors say to parents who are hesitant to vaccinate their children.