She's an old friend who just remembered my good memory. It is Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium that has all the hair to scratch, because it is responsible for whooping cough. Pertussis, a child's disease, is characterized by a dry, noisy cough, resembling the rooster's singing (hence the name, like what science sometimes… finally let's go!) Short illness of the child against which we are protected by a vaccine developed in the years 1940 in the United States then introduced in France in 1959 in an isolated presentation then quickly combined with the diphtheria tetanus polio vaccine in 1966: the "Tetracoq" . Currently, our beloved toddlers even receive the PENTACOQ in which the protection against Haemophilus influenzae has been added. Anyway, everything was going for the best. Except….
Except that in recent years, a resurgence of pertussis cases, particularly in the young adult population, has been noted by health authorities. And actually, I've just received three patients over the last couple of weeks who have presented typical signs of whooping cough with totally compatible biological exams (I say compatible because the certain discovery of the disease remains Complicated despite some progress in recent years) So, gentlemen X and Y, as well as Madame Z were touched by whooping cough. No worries, they all go well except that it's almost 15 days that they spit their lungs every night, but the situation is improving.
All aged between 25 and 35, they were vaccinated during childhood and received a final injection of pertussis vaccine in mid-adolescence. Their case seems to confirm the studies detecting cases in these young adults, often parents, vaccinated in childhood. Thus, they were all entitled to a small antibiotic treatment, the contact persons received a consultation to check their vaccination.
In practice, this disease can be highly troublesome for adults (severe cases are rare), but can lead to serious complications in children, let alone unvaccinated babies. In accordance with the guidelines of the High Council of Public Health, Revaccination is recommended for young adults, let alone if they are young parents, in order to protect children. Health and early childhood professionals should also be vaccinated.
A small check of vaccinations during your next consultation with your attending physician will not hurt….