The Saskatchewan Health Authority is advising parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against whooping cough.
With 25 cases alone in the Rosthern area as of late, more than half of those involving children under the age of five, the health authority said the risk of an outbreak in a larger area like Saskatoon grows with the holiday season approaching.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Simon Kapaj said the youngest case they have seen involved a two-month-old baby boy.
“One child was two-months-old, certainly because of his age his was not immunized, he was hospitalized but has fully recovered and was discharged home,” Kapaj said.
Kapaj noted that the Tdap vaccine is available to all pregnant women between weeks 27 and 32, adding it’s important to consider getting because infants can’t be immunized for whooping cough until they are at least two months old.
Kapaj said in most of the 25 cases the patient was not immunized
Rosthern is about 65 kilometers north of Saskatoon.