The Return of Whooping Cough
Interview: Alan Fleischman, MD
Medical director, March of Dimes
Katie and Craig Tornhout, South Bend, Indiana, experienced that heartbreak firsthand.
Dr Alan Fleischman, medical director of the March of Dimes, discusses the new prevalence of whooping cough.
He says that in the U.S., there are as many as three million cases per year, mostly in adults and adolescents. In these cases, the disease is not serious.
The problem is that these individuals carry the disease to young children, who can die from the disease. Parents Katie and Craig Tornhout of South Bend, Indiana, experienced that heartbreak firsthand.
The Tornhout's and Dr. Fleischman emphasize the importance of getting the childhood vaccine or the adult booster.
The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap.