California Confronts Whooping Cough Epidemic

posted by Shopping4Bargains @ 7:00 AM
July 8, 2014

vaccinations-choicesThis volunteer systems of parents deciding whether or not their child will be vaccinated against whooping cough and other communicable diseases, and of each state deciding their own requirements for vaccinations––simply isn’t working.

Mid-way in the last century, parents were required to have certificates of vaccinations and booster shots, before a child could be enrolled in school.  But through various usually-unfounded rumors about these preventive medicines, parents are now allowed to opt out of protecting their child with such shields.

And they thus endanger the lives of all children, and adults for that matter, within the child’s environments.  With such lax enforcement of basic safety measures, the medical community, as well as the government of California is now faced with an explosive outbreak of whooping cough.

Ryan Parrish of vaccinenewsdaily.com, writes that as of July 2nd, California had amassed 1,100 new cases of whooping cough in just two weeks. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) says that thus the total number of cases so far this year is at 4, 558. All the cases in 2013 only totaled 2,532.

Of that new total already three infants have died of pertussis (whooping cough). “Infants are at the greatest risk of illness and death from pertussis,” Ron Chapman, CDPH Director claims.  Babies four months old and younger are at least two thirds of all hospital cases with pertussis.  Chapman also advises:

“Vaccination is the best form of protection. We’re encouraging all parents to vaccinate their children, and for pregnant women to be vaccinated to protect their babies. This will ensure maximum protection against this potentially fatal disease.”

Jen Christensen of CNN News adds that all people must make sure their vaccinations are up to date.  This includes pregnant women.  When they receive their shots, immunization passes on to the womb.  She adds:

“All adults should get a Tdap booster, unless you had one as a teenager (after age 11).  Nationally, more than 90% of children get the first three doses of the vaccine, but far fewer get the booster.” CVS Drugs announced that whooping cough vaccinations are now available throughout all their stores in California.

Studies of the 2010 outbreak in California show “ . . . large clusters of parents who did not vaccinate their children Whooping-cough-epidemic-600x330close to areas with a large number of whooping cough cases during” that outbreak. So their refusal to receive preventive shots, endangered the lives of children and adults in their environment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports: “Whooping cough cases have spread rapidly in the United States this year, with a 24% increase nationally in the number of cases, compared to January through April of last year.”

Emma Rogers of Vaccine News Daily explains:  “Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Symptoms in children include a two-week cough and runny nose, leading to a worsening cough with a “whooping” sound. Infants may have a red or purple face without a cough.”

So good doctors insists: get your shots and boosters.  And above all pray!  As plus-sized Christian sweat shirts advise:  “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray . . . the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and The Lord shall raise him up . . . pray one for another, that ye may be healed (James 5: 13 – 18).”

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