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NIH Raises Awareness Alert: Surge in Whooping Cough Cases Sparks Concern

NIH Sounds Alarm on Impending Surge in Whooping Cough Cases in Islamabad. Early symptoms include mild cough, fever, runny nose, escalating to severe coughing, particularly affecting infants.

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In a recent advisory, the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad has issued a warning regarding a potential increase in whooping cough cases, foreseeing heightened strain on healthcare systems. As per a report from a private channel, the NIH expressed concerns over the anticipated surge in whooping cough cases, urging vigilance in the coming months.

Early symptoms encompass mild cough, fever, and a runny nose, progressing to severe coughing, particularly impacting infants. The advisory stressed potential complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, loss of appetite, ear infections, and psychological issues.

Emphasizing the importance of timely vaccination, the advisory highlighted mandatory pertussis vaccination for high-risk individuals. The whooping cough vaccine is an integral part of the immunization program, administered to newborns at six, 10, and 14 weeks after birth.

To mitigate the spread, citizens were urged to adopt safety measures, maintain distance from suspected cases, and practice hand hygiene. The advisory stressed the significance of covering the mouth during coughing and sneezing, along with isolating suspected cases, especially from children and pregnant women. Stay informed and take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your community.

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