United States: As exemplified by the occurrences of the whooping cough outbreaks in parts of Europe, Asia, and some parts of the USA, medical experts never over-emphasized the necessity of getting vaccinated. 

In the UK and Europe a significant rise of whooping cough cases started since January, which is seen as the largest rise since 2012. 

In China, public health officials have reported 15,000 cases for this January on a comparison basis with the same time period last year, which represents an astronomical figure of an approximate 15-fold increase in the previous numbers. 

In the United States, in high schools have been reported the presence of small clusters of infection cases in the San Francisco Bay area and various isolated outbreak cases in Hawaii. 

ALERT: US Faces Whooping Cough Outbreaks Despite Vaccination Efforts. Credit | Canva
ALERT: US Faces Whooping Cough Outbreaks Despite Vaccination Efforts. Credit | Canva

Over the span of a few months, beginning from October to early this year, New York City failed to prevent an outbreak, with about 200 cases, mainly among younger children. 

More about Whooping cough 

The causative agent of whooping cough, also known as Bordetella pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterium that spreads through lively saliva drops upon coughing or sneezing. 

Extensively spread coverage of vaccination vanquished whooping cough in the USA to the greatest extent possible, and severe cases that usually occur to vaccinated appear in the remaining of the disease population. 

According to NBC News, Jasmine Reed, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson, said, “Some U.S. health departments have informed us of local outbreaks, which we expect to see every year,” and, “So we are not seeing anything unusual.” 

The figure for whooping cough cases in the US in 2024 has remained below its level before the pandemic situation. As a concerning factor, the US faces approximately 20,000 cases of whooping cough annually, as per the CDC reports. 

Additionally, US annual cases had a steep decline over the course of the post next two pandemic years, from 6,100 in 2020 to just 2,100 in 2021. 

ALERT: US Faces Whooping Cough Outbreaks Despite Vaccination Efforts. Credit | shutterstock
ALERT: US Faces Whooping Cough Outbreaks Despite Vaccination Efforts. Credit | shutterstock

The normal cycle of respiratory illnesses like common colds, RSV, and flu has been disrupted by adapting various methods such as using proper masks and proper distancing. 

Dr. Thomas Murray, a professor of pediatric infectious disease at the Yale School of Medicine, stated, “Where the pandemic may have interrupted the normal cycle of pertussis is people were not getting vaccinated on schedule because families weren’t seeing their physicians as frequently as we would like,” as NBC News reported. 

Health symptoms due to Whooping cough 

The most commonly seen signs of whooping cough include cough seizures, a chain of cough cycles that make it difficult for a person to take breaths. 

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said, “When it finally stops, you take a breath in, and it sounds like a ‘whoop,'” as NBC News reported. 

Adults and children suffering from whooping cough may have a very similar appearance to when they are experiencing cold-like symptoms which is often a runny nose accompanied with a persistent cough. 

However, in the case of young babies who may have to fight for their lives against an infection, the case is much more serious. 

Whooping cough (pertussis) causes offensive infection of little babies’ bronchial tubes and airways, which makes them breathe irregularly. 

Pneumonia-related infection is the most tragic disorder that ends fatally for many. The CDC claims that from 2000-2017, there were 307 prescribed deaths by pertussis, where approximately 85 percent were infants less than two months old. 

Murray added, “The disease is typically called whooping cough, but the very young babies don’t necessarily cough; they stop breathing,” and, “For babies themselves, any fever over 100.4 degrees is something their pediatrician needs to know about.” 

Moreover, as Murray explained, if lips of a baby have turned blue, or seem to have an unusual breathing pattern, that “is something to be worried about, especially if they have been around someone who is sick.” 

According to the CDC, Babies begin the DTaP vaccine series for the prevention of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis when they turn two years old. However, four more shots are administered at 4 and 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years old. 

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