There is a spike in whooping cough cases in Louisville, according to the Department of Public Health and Wellness.
Officials said there were 62 cases in 2018 and 27 cases in 2017.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.
It resembles a cough initially but may eventually turn more serious, especially in infants and young children, officials said.
“We recommend that physicians test for whooping cough in patients who have a cough that persists for two weeks or more,” medical director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Lori Caloia said. “We also urge that parents of infants and young children, as well as brothers, sisters, grandparents and those who provide care, be immunized against whooping cough.”
The Department of Public Health and Wellness advises infants should receive a series of DTaP immunizations at ages 2, 4, and 6 months, with boosters at ages 15 to 18 months and at 4 to 6 years. Children should then get a single dose of Tdap vaccine at 11 to 12 years of age.
Pregnant women should receive a single dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks, officials said.
Parents who don’t have health insurance are urged to call the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 502-574-6520.