“You must prevent if your child has whooping cough”, how can we slow down this dangerous epidemic, especially for infants?

“You must prevent if your child has whooping cough”, how can we slow down this dangerous epidemic, especially for infants?
“You must prevent if your child has whooping cough”, how can we slow down this dangerous epidemic, especially for infants?

Two babies died in Lyon from whooping cough. In France, there have been 17 deaths.

Aria, 2 months old, has returned to peaceful sleep.After two weeks of intensive care, the baby is now out of danger. But his heart rate still worries doctors, ““She continues to have some slow heartbeats, but she eats well,” notes one of the doctors during the many daily check-ups.

Because with this disease, everything happens very quickly. “At first, she started coughing, then she changed color, she couldn’t breathe well. I never imagined that it could degenerate like this, especially for a baby,” explains her father Mohammed Abdelaal.

“They took care of her quickly to oxygenate her. We are relieved. The medical team made a lot of efforts. We were vaccinated, but one of my children had it and took her home and we all had the right to it.”

In Lyon this year, two babies died of whooping cough. In France, there have been 17 deaths. This highly contagious disease is on the rise in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. This is evidenced by the increase in SOS doctors interventions and in particular the increase in visits to pediatric emergency services.

“Every 3 to 5 years, whooping cough returns in epidemic peaks,” he said.explains Doctor Antoine Ouziel
hospital practitioner at the Woman Mother Child hospital.
And this year it is stronger because during the periods of confinement there was a decrease in the population’s immunity, this is what we call the immune debt.”

In Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, The Regional Health Agency has been informed of 150 situations corresponding to isolated cases or grouped cases of whooping cough since January 2024 compared to 11 for the whole of 2023. Complications affect the most vulnerable, especially infants under 4 months old who are not yet protected by mandatory vaccines. Health authorities therefore recommend vaccination of pregnant women.

“They absolutely have to get vaccinated, it’s important, because that way they will protect the unborn child until the age of one.” explains Anne-Sophie Ronnaux-Baron, head of the regional health monitoring center at the Regional Health Agency.

Aria’s dad (who is in better health at the time of this writing) thinks families need to be made aware too. “Parents must report cases of whooping cough in their homes quickly, because it is too serious for a child, if it can be avoided it must be done” he concludes.

A An infected person can transmit whooping cough to an average of 15 other people.. Its transmission occurs through the air through direct contact with a sick person. In France, It is usually transmitted from adults or adolescents to infants.

Whooping cough is not one of the 38 notifiable diseases that must be reported to the ARS. However, grouped cases, particularly those occurring in a community frequented by people at risk: maternity wards, daycare centers, health establishments, etc., must be reported to the ARS.

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