Health Island has confirmed a fifth case of whooping cough on the South Island.
The infection of bacteria, also known as pertussis, starts with symptoms like a common cold but the cough grows in colder and can last for several months. The cough, which happens later in the night, may be so bad that it can sting or throw up. Problems from the disease can involve great clutches of creels, seizures, brain damage and death.
It is more dangerous for babies, with one in 170 dying from the disease.
People with pertussis usually have antibiotics for 10 days and they should stay away from children and pregnant women.
“We encourage everyone to be aware of their vaccine,” said Shannon Marshall, the health authority's spokesperson.
The vaccine for commonly managed pertussis with diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b and polio are commonly used as blends – packaged in different combinations according to the age and history of a vaccine.
The vaccine is part of a childhood immunization program which is 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 18 months old, and again at 4 to 6 years. Also given to teenagers aged 14 to 16 years in British Columbia.
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