About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Español
VNA of Care New England
VNA of Care New England

Persistent Cough in Kids Can Often Be Whooping Cough

In British study, 1 in 5 cases of chronic hacking turned out to be the respiratory ailment
WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One-fifth of British school-age children who visit their doctors because of a persistent cough are diagnosed with whooping cough, according to a new study.
What's more, most of the children have been fully vaccinated, the study authors reported.
"Pertussis [whooping cough] can still be found in a fifth of school-age children who present in primary care with persistent cough and can cause clinically significant cough in fully vaccinated children," Kay Wang, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues wrote in the study published online June 24 in BMJ.
The researchers looked at 279 children, aged 5 to 15, who were seen by their family doctor about a cough that had lasted two to eight weeks.
Tests showed that 20 percent of the children had evidence of recent whooping cough infection, including 18 percent who had been fully vaccinated against the disease.
Children who'd received the preschool pertussis booster vaccination more than seven years ago were three times more likely to have pertussis than those who received the booster more recently. The risk of pertussis was similar for children who received either a three or five component preschool booster vaccine.
Children in the United Kingdom receive pertussis vaccinations at 2, 3 and 4 months of age, with another preschool pertussis booster vaccination three years after completing the initial course, according to background information in the study.
Before the preschool pertussis booster shot was introduced in the United Kingdom in 2001, nearly 40 percent of school-age children with persistent cough were found to have whooping cough.
"These findings will help to inform consideration of the need for an adolescent pertussis booster vaccination in the United Kingdom," the authors concluded.
More information
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about whooping cough (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/whoopingcough.html ).
SOURCE: BMJ, news release, June 24, 2014
Health Headlines
Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA SaysView in a lightbox
Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: StudyView in a lightbox
Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDsView in a lightbox
Many Parents Use Online Ratings to Pick a Pediatrician, Study FindsView in a lightbox
Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: StudyView in a lightbox
VNA of Care New England
© 2011 Site Index | Disclaimer | Legal Notices | Talks Your Health