The Five Hills Health Region is continuing to see more cases of whooping cough in and around Moose Jaw.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Mark Vooght says parents who feel pressure from anti-vaccination families, need to realize the importance of vaccinations and the potential consequences of not keeping up with them.
“Seriously think about that,” Vooght stressed “Because they’re also endangering other people in their family, their distant families who come and visit, other people in the community and sooner or later someone is going to become severely ill with this.”
Dr. Vooght points to the death of an infant from whooping cough back in 2010, as an example of what can happen when children aren’t immunized.
While cases of pertussis have been reported in the Moose Jaw area, there haven’t been any cases in the Yorkton area.
Medical Health Officer for the Sunrise Health Region, Dr. Ashok Chhetri says even though our area has been lucky so far, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any confirmed cases down the road.
The whooping cough is very contagious.
“If one person is infected, that person can infect about 12 to 15 other people,” Chhetri said “So that’s why it’s so important to be up-to-date [with the] pertussis vaccination, and also practicing good cough and sneezing hygiene.”
He says there is no particular season for whooping cough.
(With files from CKRM)