August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It’s a good time to review your family’s immunization records. Are the adults and children in your home up-to-date on their vaccinations? One that you should pay particular attention to is the whooping cough vaccine. The primary care providers at Riverview Medical Center have several reasons why this should be a priority.

What Is Whooping Cough?

Pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious disease. In recent years, it’s made a comeback. Initial symptoms are similar to those of the common cold or other upper respiratory ailments. But as it progresses, it causes a serious, persistent cough that can last for months. It can turn into pneumonia and, unfortunately, can lead to death.

Who Is Most Vulnerable?

Infants run the highest risk of contracting whooping cough. Older children and adults with weakened immune systems are also threatened.

Who Should Be Vaccinated?

Babies may receive the vaccine once they’re two months old. Booster shots are recommended at certain ages and may be required for enrollment in school or college. If you’re the parent of a young child or are around young children, you should get a booster shot, too. By building your immunity through the vaccine, you’re helping these little ones stay healthy, too.

How Can I Get a Whooping Cough Vaccine?

The primary care physicians and nurse practitioners at Riverview Medical Center give many types of immunizations, including the whooping cough vaccine. Drop by our Rock Hill location anytime (we’re open seven days a week) or call for more information.