Joe Robach and his office have information about whooping cough for concerned parents. Preliminary figures for New York State report 970 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) so far in 2012, as compared to 931 cases in all of 2011. Pertussis is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that can easily spread though the air in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People contracting pertussis may develop bacterial pneumonia or other complications.
The disease may be fatal in some cases, especially in infants. The prevalence of pertussis is due, in part, to people being unvaccinated or having an incomplete immunization against the disease. Infants, most commonly, contract the illness from their unvaccinated parents or primary caretaker. It takes several months for newborns to be fully protected against pertussis, so it is very important for adults to be vaccinated if they have an infant in the home.
For more information about pertussis, please contact the office of Joe Robach or contact your health care provider. Joe Robach office also suggests that concerned parents contact the Monroe County Department of Public Health Immunization Program at (585) 753-5150. Monroe County offers free pertussis vaccinations on Wednesdays from 12 to 7PM.