Whooping cough is on the rise and health officials say people should make sure they have proper vaccinations in order to ward off the illness. At least 14 cases were reported in Madison County last month, compared to 16 in all of last year. Children are particularly susceptible to the illness.
Amy Yeager, Health Promotions Manager at the Madison County Health Department, says you can protect yourself from Pertussis by washing your hands, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and stay away from people if you are sick. Also, being current on your vaccination is key.
Symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild, occasional cough. The cough gradually turns severe, followed by a high-pitched "whoop." Anyone who thinks they may have whooping cough or have come into contact with someone who has it should seek medical attention right away.