Peterborough Public Health Advising Residents to Get Up to Date on Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Immunizations

Written by Comms Team, June 20, 2024

Pertussis Cases Spreading in Community

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is advising residents to review immunization records and get up to date with pertussis immunizations.

“Multiple cases of pertussis have been reported to PPH over the last week. Some of these cases are linked to local schools,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “The school setting is a pathogen’s dream as there are many people gathering in close proximity who may not be vaccinated or up to date on their pertussis vaccine. Don’t let your summer get spoiled – get vaccinated!”

Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory infection spread through contact with droplets produced by an infected person’s sneeze or cough. People at greatest risk of severe illness include infants under the age of 1 and pregnant people.

Prevent illness:

Immunization is the best way to prevent getting sick with pertussis. Residents are being advised to review immunization records on paper, with their healthcare provider or online (if it is available) and receive a pertussis vaccine if overdue. Booster doses for pertussis should occur at age 14-16, once as an adult, and during each pregnancy. Contact your healthcare provider to receive your pertussis immunization. Individuals without a health care provider may call our routine immunization clinic at 705-743-1000 x331 to book an appointment.

 Signs and Symptoms of Pertussis:

  • Early symptoms include mild cold symptoms such as runny nose, mild fever, and cough.
  • After 1 to 2 weeks, cough may be accompanied by “whooping” sound when breathing in, difficulty breathing, and vomiting due to extreme cough.
  • Coughing can last for 1 to 2 months.

If symptoms present, residents should isolate themselves immediately and reach out to their healthcare provider for guidance on seeking treatment. 


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