Nearly twice as many cases of whooping cough have been reported in Idaho so far this year, compared to last year's rates.
With school starting up next week, health officials said now is a better time than any to start thinking about getting the vaccine. The primary symptom of whooping cough is profound coughing spasms and it can last up to 90 days. While the illness isn't fatal for adults it can be for young children.
"If you have a cough that's lasting more than ten days to two weeks, you need to see a doctor and get it checked out," said Idaho Public Health Administrator, Mike Larson. "You can even go before then if you have a cough that's getting progressively worse. You should definitely go see your practitioner and get treated or tested for pertussis."
Larson said even though we aren't seeing cases in our region right now we will catch up with the rest of the state and getting your vaccine is the best way to be prepared.
The vaccine takes about 12 days to be fully effective, but Larson said you should get it as soon as you can. Call your local pharmacy or doctors office to find out where you can get a vaccine.
For more information, go to: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/pertussis.pdf