An increased number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases recently diagnosed in the greater Brisbane area is a timely reminder of the benefits of vaccination.
The Metro South Public Health Unit has warned of the increase, with a number of Brisbane babies afflicted with the disease.
Gold Coast Health Public Health Unit Medical Officer Dr Paul van Buynder said while his team had not had to issue an alert, dozens of cases occurred every year on the Gold Coast and parents needed to remain vigilant of the disease.
“Despite good vaccination programs, a rise in whooping cough cases usually occurs every three to five years in developed countries,” he said.
“The Gold Coast does have pockets of low vaccination, which increases the spread of pertussis, and knowing the devastating impact whooping cough can have, I urge all Gold Coasters to ensure they are vaccinated, especially if they have regular contact with babies.”