Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that is most commonly found in children.
In 1922 107,473 children suffered from whooping cough and in 2015 20,762. in 2014 a whooping cough vaccine was created. Even though the vaccine cleared 5%of cases, its not as effective as doctors would like it to be.
In 2010 there was a major whooping cough breakout causing older kids between the ages of 7 to 13 years old to start developing this dreadful disease.
When a child is exposed to the bacteria, they attach themselves to the cilia, hair like organelles that are located in the upper respiratory line, and send out toxins that damage the cilia and make airways swell
Symptoms or Anatomy: fever, deep cough, congestion, runny rose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, watery eyes. Physiology: transmitted directly through contact.
There are two types of vaccines for Whooping Cough.
Acellular or the DTap vaccine is for kids from birth to 7 years of age. It has a 78% success rate showing less side affects.
The whole cell or dtap vaccine is for teens and adults. although it is rare for adults to catch this illness you should still be vaccinated. With this one there is a 71-85% success rate.