- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
Whooping cough boosters
Outbreaks of whooping cough among teens and adults indicate that the infant vaccination for whooping cough -- usually given in one shot that also includes protection against tetanus and diphtheria -- wears off by adolescence.
There have been outbreaks of whooping cough, known medically as pertussis, throughout the United States -- 11,000 cases last year. There have been cases in Southeast Missouri but none so far in Cape Girardeau County.
The FDA is being asked by drug makers to approve adding pertussis vaccine to booster shot for tetanus and diptheria, which are given every 10 years. This makes sense.
The medical world has long known that some viruses that cause serious illnesses adapt and grow immune to treatments intended to quell them. But pertussis is a bacterial infection that was all but wiped out after immunizations started in the 1940s. Now the incidence of whooping cough is on the rise all over the world.
The FDA is expected to make a decision on whooping cough booster shots early next year. The sooner the better.