El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The Department of Public Health has a warning for everyone about whooping cough.
Whooping cough is commonly seen among babies but senior citizens should be aware.
The Health Department said whooping cough starts with typical cold symptoms, but progresses into uncontrollable coughing, and it's highly contagious, making schools especially vulnerable.
Almost 150 people had a case of whooping cough in 2010 and 275 people fell victim in 2011. This year, 299 people are suspected of having whooping cough with many cases reported in the last two months.
The Health Department said at least 144 cases have been reported statewide.
The department is amining to get the word out to seniors with an informative presentation.
For the next two weeks Mario Hernandez, Public Health Educator, will be visiting local senior centers stressing the need for adult vaccination against the disease.
The Senior Wellness Presentations will take place at the following locations and times:
Tuesday, July 23, 11:30 a.m.
Grandview Park Senior Center, 3134 Jefferson
Wednesday, July 24 11:30 a.m.
Hilos de Plata Senior Center, 4451 Delta
Friday, July 26, 11:30 a.m.
Polly Harris Senior Center, 650 Wallenberg
Monday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
San Juan Senior Center, 5701 Tamburo
Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m.
South El Paso Center, 600 S. Ochoa
Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.
Wellington Chew Senior Center, 4430 Maxwell
Thursday, August 1, 10:00 a.m.
Father Martinez Senior Center, 9311 Alameda
Friday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.
Memorial Park Senior Center, 1800 Byron St.
Wednesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
Happiness/Carolina Senior Center, 563 N. Carolina
For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com