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Whooping Cough Prevention Tips

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Pertussis or whooping cough is known to spread easily when coming into contact with another person that already has shown symptoms of an abnormal cough.

You can easily prevent your chances of catching the cold by getting vaccinated early.

Karl Milhon, Communicable Disease/Epidemiology Supervisor, says "That seems to be the characteristics of a lot of the cases that start these outbreaks. They are not vaccinated."

Montana's department of public health and human services reported that there were 25 infants last year with whooping cough-- out of those -- six were hospitalized.
Parents can reduce their baby’s chances by getting ahead of the bacteria early.

"Pregnant woman should be receiving a booster dose. Not so much for their health as for their unborn baby."

Parents can take the right precautions after a child is born as well.

Mike Henderson, part of the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department says, "There is a series of shots for infants that is available beginning at the age of two months age and then there is another routine shot that is recommended just before kindergarten and again just before starting middle school."

This disease might start like a normal cough -- but as the weeks go on the symptoms may worsen before ever getting better.
Anyone with these symptoms is encouraged to see a doctor. 
The Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department offer tetanus boosters on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between the hours of 11 and 4 P.M.
Story by Matt Witkos, Beartooth NBC.
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