The United States is on a record year, but not for the right reasons. They are on pace for the most whooping cough cases than any other year. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that causes a real deep cough in children. It can be very serious if not treated right away. It is called whooping cough because that is the noise children make after they finally catch there breath from so many coughs in a row.
This year so far, there has been over 16,000 cases of whooping cough. Just to put it into perspective, the entire last year reported just over 15,000. The highest ever reported and validated was in 2010 when over 27,000 cases were known. This year, we are on pace for over 30,000 cases of whooping cough. The best treatment is preventative. Make sure all children get the proper shots when they are young so they can avoid this dangerous sickness.