According to the Centers for Disease Control, Whooping Cough cases have been increasing over the past several years. In Tulsa County this year, there's cause for concern.
"Parents should definitely be looking at getting their child vaccinated," says Nicole Schlaefli, Epidemiologist with the Tulsa Health Department.
It's an alert the Tulsa Health Department is stressing after 32 reported cases of Whooping Cough or Pertussis since January of this year.
"We sent out a health alert network to all our physicians in Tulsa County, alerting the infection control prevention specialists, hospitals, doctors offices," says Schlaefli.
Pertussis is highly contagious, and easily spread. It starts usually with a soft cough. It's often misdiagnosed as allergies or bronchitis. infants and children are the most vulnerable.
"And this morning the baby stopped breathing and the parents woke up to the nurses screaming, she's blue, she's blue.
Williams 2 month old granddaughter is hospitalized and is believed to the be the one reported case from Mayes County. She wants to parents to know how dangerous this bacteria is.
My granddaughter almost died several time. They just need to be aware that it's going around," says Kimberly Williams, who's granddaughter Brenna Hanson remains hospitalized from the illness.
In Tulsa parents already visiting the health department to get their children vaccinated are taking note. The DTap vaccine is recommended for pertussis.
"I should probably get her that then today, since she's going to be around teachers and other adults," says Mom, Kacie Flewellen.