Have Babies and Young Children, Dallas? You Might Want to Get Vaccinated Against Whooping Cough

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Cases of pertussis, widely known as whooping cough, are on a "modest" uptick in Dallas County, county health officials say. So far this year, the number of cases is higher than in 2010 and 2011. And with the death of one infant this year, health officials say it's "very important for all adults who are close contacts of infants to receive the Tdap vaccine."

There is no single cause for the increase,county officials tels Unfair Park. From the cases they've seen, a fear that vaccination is somehow linked to autism -- now disproved in a number of clinical studies -- doesn't appear to be behind the increase. The resurgence is likely cyclical, reflecting the disease's natural tendency to recede and return every five years or so. The numbers aren't alarming so far -- 36 in Dallas County. At that rate, it's still below the relatively high numbers seen in 2005, 2008 and 2009, but on track to outpace last year's 69 confirmed cases.

Whooping cough, a highly contagious bacterial infection, appears like a cold at first. Soon, violent coughing fits can leave an infant or child struggling for breath. The symptoms are usually milder in older children and adults, but it is mostly preventable. The vaccine for whooping cough is administered in conjunction with vaccines for tetanus and diptheria, but not until the child is at least 6 months old. That's why health officials say it's so important for adults with infants to receive a booster. As you age, the vaccine's protection fades -- a potentially dangerous lapse if your infant is too young to be vaccinated.

In fact, some 24 percent of the identified cases of whooping cough in Dallas County have been people older than 20. Forty percent of them involve infants who haven't seen their first birthday.


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Paul
Paul

Gee, let's completely stop all vaccinations for 5 to 10 years for MMR, smallpox, polio, whooping cough, chicken pox, diphtheria, yellow fever, hepatitis, influenza, rotavirus, rabies and then wait for all of the outbreaks.  I'd be willing to bet that most people will forget about alleged autism due to vaccinations when the measles cases hit 800k cases per year as it did in the 40's and 50's ...

That being said, it is sad when a child is affected by autism, regardless of the cause or source ...

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

From the cases they've seen, a fear that vaccination is somehow linked to autism -- now disproved in a number of clinical studies -- doesn't appear to be behind the increase.

I'm glad you put that in, because my first thought was, "f'ing Jenny McCarthy and the morons who believe her." (Actually, I still think that. But carry on :) )

Celebrate Divershitty
Celebrate Divershitty

Thank you illegal aliens and their "progressive advocacy journalist" apologists!

Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus
Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus

Ways to properly deal with the situation: blame the dips*ts who spread anti-vax propaganda and call them out on it frequently, loudly, and in public; fund low-cost vaccinations for everyone.

Ways to improperly deal with the situation: internet hand-wringing; passing ineffective and non-pragmatic laws that ignore reality; xenophobia and racism; doing nothing; licking babies on the head, you filthy, bacteria-laden cur.

Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus
Watering Cans Gave Me Tetanus

In California and Washington state, they've had some serious outbreaks. Now teenagers are being required in some places to get booster shots because of the fading of immunity over time. Booster vaccinations help keep herd immunity strong. I hope it doesn't get too bad here. You can find YouTube videos of babies with whooping cough, and it is awful to hear. The illness lasts for months and isn't fun for children or adults. I think I'll call my doctor today and schedule a booster; rather that than be coughing until the end of summer.

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