Checkup Newsroom (Whooping Cough)

2019
October
24,
2019
| 07:06 PM America/Chicago
Parents get croup and whooping cough mixed up all the time at my office. I think it’s really important to know the difference – one is fairly common, and the other is much more rare – and can be deadly. Croup is a common viral infection I see d...
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October
24,
2019
| 06:59 PM America/Chicago
If you live in Keller, specifically if you have a child at Timberview Middle School, you may have received an email confirming  a case of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the area. If you are concerned about your child, here are seven facts you ne...
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2016
December
20,
2016
| 03:51 AM America/Chicago
The visits from Santa Claus and a gift of a teddy bear served as reminders of Christmas. But it wasn’t until they walked out of Cook Children’s with their healthy baby in tow that it hit the Gutierrez family that they had spent the holiday in the con...
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November
22,
2016
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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March
16,
2016
| 08:20 PM America/Chicago
Not getting your child vaccinated puts them and others at risk. We have said this before (many times), but a new study shows just how true this statement is. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) loo...
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February
09,
2016
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
I, along with many others in the medical field, have suspected for a long time that we need a better pertussis vaccine. Aside from flu, I can’t think of any other disease for which we vaccinate where we are excited if only a few outbreaks happen h...
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2015
November
11,
2015
| 04:15 PM America/Chicago
Researchers may have created a possibly revolutionary needle-free vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The vaccine is only in the beginning stages and part of ongoing research, so it will not be available to the public...
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September
10,
2015
| 05:38 PM America/Chicago
As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all costs. However, some moms and dads may not realize the harm they are doing their newborn by not getting themselves or their older children vaccinated for whooping cough, or pertussis. B...
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2014
October
03,
2014
| 09:54 PM America/Chicago
Ebola virus. Enterovirus 68. Chikungunya. The return of the measles, whooping cough and soon the flu.We’ve spent a lot of time recently talking to you grownups out there about all of these conditions in an effort to inform you, but also hopefully to ...
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September
22,
2014
| 10:17 PM America/Chicago
When I was in sixth grade, the book Cheaper by the Dozen was required reading. I never really understood the train scene of the family coming back from California. It was described as “miserable” when the entire family caught the “whooping cough.” I ...
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August
22,
2014
| 10:07 PM America/Chicago
The two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus while caring for people in West Africa have been discharged. I’m sure many of you are relieved, while still concerned, especially after you heard that Dr. Kent Brantly may be moving back to the DFW are...
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