December 2002, Volume 32 Number 12 , p 83 - 83
© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 32(12) December 2002 p 83
About whooping cough [MYTHS AND FACTS]
MUNSON, BECKY LIEN RN
Becky Lien Munson is nursing supervisor at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Wash. Selected references for this article are available on request.
MYTH: Whooping cough is an influenza-like viral infection.
FACT: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is an acute bacterial infection of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella pertussis , a Gram-negative aerobic coccobacillus. The bacterium has an incubation period of 6 to 21 days (7 to 10 days is typical).
MYTH: Children no longer need to be vaccinated against whooping cough because it was eradicated worldwide by vaccination.
FACT: Incidence of whooping cough in the United States dropped after the pertussis vaccine was developed in the 1940s, ...