The Dangers of Whooping Cough and Meningitis

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The Dangers of Whooping Cough and Meningitis

What is Meningitis?

Two types of meningitis exist; viral and bacterial. Viral meningitis is caused by a virus and is more common. Bacterial meningitis is caused by bacteria and it is more serious.

Meningitis Symptoms:

– A stiff and painful neck (difficulty touching chin to chest)
– Fever
– Headache
– Vomiting
– Trouble staying awake
– Seizures

Participate in a Study at PCRR:

The Pediatric Center of Round Rock is currently participating in an investigational meningitis vaccine research study for children ages 10 to 12 in the Austin area. The vaccine is for meningococcal disease type B (MnB). There is currently no vaccine available for this type of meningitis.

Your child may qualify to receive an investigational vaccine or placebo, along with other vaccines, which may be required for school. All study-related vaccines are provided at no cost, and you may also be paid up to $360.

Whooping Cough on the Rise:

Whooping Cough is on the rise in Williamson County, Travis County, and Burnet County and the rate is the highest in the state. Whooping Cough is caused by a bacteria and disguises itself as a cold. It is fatal to babies that haven’t been vaccinated. To keep your baby safe, vaccinate as soon as your child is old enough.

Whooping Cough Doses:

Children receive a total of five doses of the pertussis vaccine before they are considered to be fully immunized. These doses are given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and at 4-6 years.

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