More than 100 whooping cough cases in San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department in San Luis Obispo, California, has identified more than 100 cases of whooping cough this year, according to a San Luis Obispo Tribune news report.

One infant in the San Luis Obispo area has been hospitalized with whooping cough so far this year but is said to be recovering.

Communicable Disease Manager Christine Gaiger told the paper that the number of cases is expected to grow and that more people are experiencing what health officials call “waning immunity”, a condition where vaccines become less and less effective over time.

Gaiger said there were two reported cases of whooping cough in 2009 and 17 in 2008. She also noted that many who need the shot are in the 10 to 13-year-old age bracket, likely because their last dose of the vaccine was at age five to seven-years-old.

Officials said anyone with symptoms should visit his or her doctor. Symptoms include a cough lasting longer than two weeks and increasing in severity, episodes of sudden, severe coughing, and vomiting after coughing.

Any vaccine given before 2005 should be repeated to assure protection against all three diseases, according to the report.

Officials also noted that Adacel and Boostrix are available at the Public Health Department for $25.00.