PERTUSSIS: County has no reported cases; urges vaccines

COLUMBIA CITY — While the Associated Press has reported outbreaks of whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, affecting parts of the country, Whitley County has avoided the infectious disease.“We’ve not had any cases reported,” said April Waugh, R.N., Immunization Nurse at the Whitley County Immunization Clinic.According to the Immunization Action Coalition, vaccines for Pertussis are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).“Children who are not vaccinated are the most at risk,” said Waugh.According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Pertussis is caused by a bacterium, which then causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep, and the cough gets its name from the whooping sounds a person makes when they are trying to breath.“We continue to encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated, the same as with any household contacts,” said Waugh. “Especially women who will be new moms and their husbands.”For more information on vaccines search for Whitley County Immunization Clinics on