Shh! Don’t Tell: Adults Need Booster Shots for Whooping Cough, Pt 2

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 23:34 PM
May 16, 2012

It is now beyond doubt:  The highly contagious disease, Whooping Cough, medically known as Pertussis, has made a strong comeback in the United States, and in other parts of the world.

      Media still has not given the Whooping Cough epidemic in the U.S. more than passing attention, and the disease continues to spread.  This is particularly true in areas where, for ethical or religious reasons, large groups of people refuse the vaccinations that can prevent this fast-spreading communicable disease.

CBS News did air the story of Heidi Bruch of Seattle to show why adults should get booster shots:  “Heidi Bruch of Seattle did everything she was told during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, that didn’t include getting a booster shot against whooping cough. She caught the disease and passed it to her two-week-old daughter, Caroline.”  After a month in the hospital, the child recovered.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists that adults over the age of 18 need at least one booster shot.  The CDC now recommends that pregnant women like Heidi be vaccinated against whooping cough in order to:  1) Protect the mother; and 2)  Pass antibodies along to a child in the womb to help newborns there too young to be vaccinated.  CDC also asks that preteens and teens, in addition to adults, also get booster shots.

Carol Everhart Roper, science writer for the Philadelphia Examiner,  tells the story of her son, who has asthma, and is allergies.  The boy, who was in the sixth grade at the time, had to go through two medical tests before Pertussis was diagnosed.  The disease and diagnoses were complicated by the asthma.

“It was a full ten months before he was better. That is longer than average, but know that this disease isn’t something that will pass in a week or two.  I lost my job because I stayed home to care for him,” she writes.

According to tvnz.co.nz, New Zealand is struggling with a Whooping Cough epidemic as well.  And officials there are also telling adults to booster shots.  Dr. Nikki Turner from the Immunization Advisory Center of New Zealand explains:  “A lot of people do not realize that they can catch whooping cough more than once, which can be passed on to young children.”

She told TVNZ that families should employ the “cocoon strategy,” with both adults and children getting the shots.   “The problem is that children who are younger than five, six months, are still at risk of whooping cough until they’ve got protection on board from their vaccinations,” she says.

In addition to getting shots and boosters, we ask our readers to pray for life and healing in The Name of, and through the Blood of, Jesus.  Remember what church banners promise:  “Faith can move mountains (1 Corinthians 13: 2).”

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