Whooping cough is everywhere these days. With epidemics on the rise in California, Maine and other areas, coinciding with a decrease in vaccinations, it’s important to understand the best medicine is often prevention.
According to Medical Daily there are three easy steps to preventing the spread of this infectious disease: “Take vitamin C, take probiotics and stay hydrated.”
Vitamin C helps boost the immune system. As Medical Daily reports: “Vitamin C in high doses will help you and your child as they develop a lasting immunity to pertussis.” Pertussis is the clinical term for whooping cough and it can affect individuals both new and old. Probiotics meanwhile “can help strengthen a child’s immune system, and it’s the easiest way to ensure that the body contains ‘healthy’ bacteria.”
And finally, staying hydrated allows the body to combat the dangerous effects of whooping cough. Toss in a good night’s rest and one can safely prevent a common cold from developing into this dangerous disease.
As mentioned earlier, whooping cough has made a comeback in states like California, most notably in the San Diego area. According to UPI.com, “there have been 298 cases of whooping cough reported since the beginning of 2014.”
For many, the symptoms related to the illness can often be mistaken for the common cold so it’s important to understand what whooping cough symptoms actually are. WebMD describes whooping cough in the following way:
“Whooping cough is a disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months. You can cough so hard that you hurt a rib. Whooping cough is contagious. This means it spreads easily from one person to another. You can prevent whooping cough by getting shots, called vaccines, that protect you from the disease.”
The lack of vaccinations, as many claim, is the significant reason for the uptick in cases of pertussis. A study in California, as previously reported by Inquistr, showed that a refusal to get vaccinated for the illness lead to a resurgence in cases of pertussis. In fact, CBS News reported that, “researchers have linked parents not vaccinating their children for who0ping cough to outbreaks of the disease that occurred in 2010 in California.”
Meanwhile, San Diego county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten encourages parents to make sure their kids get the whooping cough vaccination. According to the Guardian, the current whooping cough outbreak “has shown no signs of slowing down and this high level of activity should be a concern for parents and caregivers.”
Vaccines aside, as with most treatable diseases like whooping cough, prevention is always the best medicine.