New options for protecting children against whooping cough

There is no greater concern for a mother than when her baby is sick. The unrest is also added by the fact that sometimes much more dangerous diseases are hidden under the guise of a common cold. For example, whooping cough, which manifests itself as an increase in the baby’s body temperature to 37.5-37.7 degrees and bouts of convulsive cough, during which the baby cannot breathe.

A child can pick up this dangerous infection anywhere – on the playground, in kindergarten, school or from adults who do not tolerate this disease so hard, without even knowing it. Although whooping cough is considered a manageable infection, cases of whooping cough are not as rare as parents and pediatricians would like.

However, it is possible to effectively protect a child from illness, without isolating him from games with peers and fun communication, with the help of vaccination. According to the National Vaccination Calendar, approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, babies begin to be vaccinated against whooping cough from the age of 3 months. This is done with a combined whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine. Children are vaccinated at 3, 4, 5 and 18 months. However, the immunity developed at the same time weakens after 4-12 years and therefore there is a high probability of an outbreak of whooping cough in kindergartens and elementary grades of schools.

Previously, 6-year-old preschoolers were revaccinated only against two diseases – diphtheria and tetanus. Now there is a new opportunity to additionally vaccinate the future first-grader against whooping cough. You can protect your child with a combination vaccine that provides immunity against these three diseases. The vaccine is available for purchase at own expense. It depends on your decision how protected the baby will be from this disease. May your babies always be healthy!

For more information, contact your specialist doctor.
Illustrations used in the materials are hypothetical images and do not mean that the model has been subjected to medical intervention
Information prepared with the assistance of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ukraine

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