Whooping cough video a warning for Coast
FRASER Coast GP Shaun Rudd says community protection against whooping cough is everyone's responsibility.
Following a Queensland mother's plea on social media for others to get vaccinated against whooping cough after her daughter contracted the disease, Dr Rudd said although 95% of people on the Fraser Coast are vaccinated, the region's statistics could improve.
"I think generally we do well, but you always want 100%," Dr Rudd said.
"But the reality is between 2% and 3% of the population here are conscientious objectors."
The Queensland mother, known as Cormit, posted a video on the Gold Coast Health Facebook page explaining why she regretted her decision not to get vaccinated after her new-born baby caught the disease from her.
Since its upload on Monday, Cormit's story has been shared almost 350,000 times.
Dr Rudd said whooping cough was so dangerous to newborns because they had not developed a strong enough immune system yet to fight it off.
"They're at a time when if they get it, they will be in strife, they're vulnerable and young," he said.
"It can be anything from a mild viral type, to the infections in their brain and death - it can be very nasty."
Last year, 11 cases of whooping cough were confirmed on the Fraser Coast.