Pertussis (whooping cough) in California and New York State
Posted Jan 26 2011 12:00am
Travel Health Notice
An increased number of pertussis cases (also called whooping cough) has been reported in California and in the state of New York, in particular Jefferson County .
Pertussis cases occur around the world, including in Canada. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that causes coughing spells which can last for four to six weeks. It is spread through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. This disease can affect people of any age, however it is more serious among young infants.
Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel.
Canadians are reminded to keep all vaccinations up-to-date.
Infants, Children and Adolescents:
Vaccination is the most important preventive measure in controlling the spread of pertussis. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that infants be immunized at two, four, and six months of age with a booster at 18 months of age and four to six years of age.
Adolescents should receive a booster at 14-16 years of age.