Public Health Alert – Pertussis

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Public Health Alert – Pertussis

Sunshine Coast Health's Public Health Unit has seen an increase in the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the community in recent weeks. 

There have already been 27 cases recorded in the region this year. The five-year average is 52 cases a year.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that spreads from one person to another. It causes severe bouts of coughing. It may cause serious health problems, more so in young babies and children.

The whooping cough vaccine is on the childhood immunisation schedule. This vaccination has reduced the rate of illness and hospitalisation from whooping cough in Australia. Locals can book an appointment with their GP to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.

Parents of school-aged children should receive a letter from the Public Health Unit in coming days with more information on Pertussis and its treatment.