Is whooping cough a problem in

@ersmommy1 (12596)
United States
January 18, 2009 7:12pm CST
your area this year? Apparently it is here. My kids doctor wants my son vaccinated at 6 weeks instead of waiting until the 2 month period. That is a little scary. I mean that he wants to do it early. He actually used the word "rampant". I did some reading on it. It kills several hundred infants a year.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
19 Jan 09
As far as I know there is not whooping cough going around here. My son has had a bit of a cough, but nothing major. Is it safe to get your son vaccinated early? I mean there must be some reason why they normally wait until 2 months to vaccinate.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
19 Jan 09
What he said is it's rampant here. And that it would be safer to do it a week or so early. Won't hurt my son. I asked.
• United States
19 Jan 09
I'm not sure if it's a problem in my area right now (more than usual anyway). I only know of one child that's gotten it this year. It's very scary though, so I'm glad your pedi wants to vacinate early on that one! Better safe than sorry!
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I glad too. I agree on safety first.
• United States
21 Jan 09
I have heard that whooping cough has become more of a problem because it is becoming resistant to treatments, thus more importance is placed on vaccination.
@parleg (52)
• India
20 Jan 09
Hey, ersmommy, let me also add to some comment to your query. Whooping Cough also known as Pertussis occurs worldwide( in all the Countries).It is one of the most lethal diseases of infants and young children who have not been immunized. Regarding the timing of vaccination, there may be slight variations with WHO Expanded Programme on Immunization(EPI) and American Academy of Paediatrics(AAP).Whatever,the minimum age for the vaccination is 6 weeks.In all countries routine immunization with DPT ( DPT: D-Diptheria,P-Pertussis,T-Tetanus), and (oral Polio), can be Safely and Effectively initiated at 6 weeks of age(AAP-2 months)as per the WHO EPI Global Advisory. Subsequent doses given at 10, 14 weeks(AAP- 4, 6 months) and booster at 16-24 months(AAP- 15-18 months)..finally 4 to 6 yrs. So I also recommend you immunised your child early and follow your kids doctor's advice.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
19 Jan 09
Hello ersmommy. I asked my wife about vaccination for my baby son. She told me that my baby has had it. He had it the second day when he was born. He is now growing healthily. So I think that there is no problem if the doctor is careful with it. Good luck, dear friend.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Well with a child in school and you know how germs are spread around so easily there, but if you keep him home and don't take him out then he will be less likely to get it but since you also have a husband that works it might be best to not take that chance and just follow doctors orders. I would hate for your little precious one to be one of the majority of that several hundred. Better safe then sorry.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I'm not sure if it is a problem in our area or not. i have not heard much about it recently. I would have to guess that it isn't a problem.