11Alive's Help Desk Has Whooping Cough Online Chat

7:03 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- It looks like the U.S. might be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. 

Whooping Cough is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by cough and sneezing.  Because this has become major topic of conversation, 11Alive's Help Desk set up a special online chat to answer questions from the community. 

11Alive invited medical experts from various organizations to take part and they were more than happy to participate.  Among the panelists were representatives from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Dr. Matthew McKenna, the Medical Director for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. 

11Alive also invited Dr. Waldon Garris from the Wellstar Medical Group Family Medicine in attendance.  

Medical officials say people from all ages can get whooping cough but it's most serious in infants. 

Here are some resources to help protect you.

Important information on Pertussis, such as how one can contract and spread the infectious disease. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pertussis/ 

For more information contact the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO 

Fulton County Health and Wellness Center Resources on how adults can help protect the spread of Pertussis to minors by getting immunized. 

For more information and locations on Fulton County health centers near you visit: www.fultoncountygahealth.org

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