Department warns of recurrence of Pertussis

Due to recurrence of the Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in some nothern province's districts, the Department of Preventative Medicine, under the Ministry of Health, said that this is a highly contagious respiratory disease which most commonly affects infants and young children.

People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the bacteria that cause the disease. Many babies who get whooping cough are infected by parents, older siblings, or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

The Department of Preventative Medicine warned parents to take their children to medical clinics for vaccination Quinvaxem meant to prevent five common, potentially fatal childhood diseases: diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P, whooping cough), hepatitis B (HepB), and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib).

When a child is infected with the disease, parents should keep him/her stay at homes then take him/her to medical clinics for timely treatment.

By Quynh Chi - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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