What's Going Around 8-17

By: Melanie Lofton
By: Melanie Lofton

In this week's What's Going Around, we're talking about a repeat offender... at least when it comes to this report... Whooping cough!

Dr. Peter Devries says Valley Pediatric Group is still seeing a few cases. It can be deadly for infants so parents and caregivers are urged to make sure they have received a Tdap booster.

Dr. David Sutton, from Augusta Family Practice in Stuarts Draft has some tips on vaccines too. He says it's a good time to check that your children's immunizations are up-to-date, especially in light of the small measles outbreak in Albermarle county earlier this summer.

Valley Pediatric Group also says they're seeing a few cases of roseola. It's a disease seen in infants and young children. It's a virus that has a few days of fever, sometimes as high as 105. The fever then goes away and the child develops a red rash on the torso. It then spreads to the limbs, neck, and face. The rash is pink or rose-colored, and has fairly small sores that are slightly raised. It usually doesn't itch. Other symptoms are cold-like and include irritability, a runny nose, sore throat, and eye redness.

If you have any concerns about these or any other diseases, be sure to call your doctor.

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