Skip to comments.Deadly Whooping Cough, Once Wiped Out, Is Back
Posted on 08/14/2010 9:15:14 PM PDT by markomalley
California is in the midst of its worst outbreak of whooping cough in a half-century. More than 2,700 cases have been reported so far this year eight times last year's number at this point. Seven of the victims, all infants, have died.
And here's what really worries pediatricians like UCLA's Harvey Karp: Doctors thought they wiped out whooping cough when they developed vaccines decades ago.
The disease hits young children hardest, especially ones who are not vaccinated or who have not yet built up full immunity. The prescribed vaccination regimen begins with a shot at two months and continues until children are 5 years old. For many children, it can take that long for complete immunity to develop and until then, they're vulnerable.
The California epidemic has raised plenty of questions about the role of vaccination and the increasing numbers of parents who decide not to vaccinate their children. California's Department of Public Health cites three schools in the state where 80 percent of parents have signed a "personal belief exemption" to keep their children from being vaccinated.
That's part of what's behind this epidemic, Dr. Karp tells NPR's Guy Raz. "And it's in part because the immunity of people who were immunized earlier has waned," he adds.
In fact, Karp estimates that 75 percent to 90 percent of whooping cough cases occur in teenagers and adults, for whom it is not deadly. Most adults may experience only a lingering cough. The danger occurs when adults and teenagers whose immunity wanes around 12 years old contract whooping cough and unwittingly give it to infants.
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...diseases once eradicated from our country are now coming back. Just lovely.
Think liberal idiots like my sister who wouldn’t get her kids vaccinated
Thanks to the Communist US Government which cares more about invaders than American citizens.
The pediatrician is sure my son'll be fine. He's had all his shots and just has coughed a couple times and has a runny nose, but otherwise is his usual lively self. It's most dangerous to infants under six months, he says. Still, I'd like to punch Jenny McCarthy in the nose.
Gee,I wonder. Could it possibly be a combination of illegals coming here in droves and weirdos who refuse to get their kids vaccinated? Naw, couldn’t be that, because the liberals say it just isn’t so. Guess it must be part of the eeevil VRWC!
“They’re very busy, working hard, working double jobs it’s really a burden to have to be a parent and then also have to be a biochemist, to read the literature and decide what vaccines are good and what vaccines aren’t good,” he says.
—this is an NPR column, which in LibCommiePC-speak means these are ILLEGAL ALIENS, most likely from MEXICO who carry this disease, along with many others, to our shores with the Government and President’s consent.
Is the highest rate among anchor-babies? just asking.
My bet would be more likely these nuts who don’t vaccinate their kids. WHO interactive maps indicate that it is pretty much all but eradicated in most places except a few spots in the US- East and West coast and North/Central US.
They are just Whooping the Coughs Americans won’t Whoop.
ALL illegal alien BS including Haitians with TB.
I’m guessing it wasn’t “wiped out”, then.
I remember a summer years ago where my mom was trapped in the house with five whooping kids. She’s a saint.
That was a nice resource. Thank you for the link
I am not an illegal, nor am I a Liberal, nor am I an idiot.
My parents were not vaccinated, my immediate family is not vaccinated, my children are not vaccinated and neither are my grandchildren.
Last time I checked, we live in America. Our family chooses not to vaccinate. Live with it.
In my locale, at least, when one gets a “tetanus shot” (as to prevent tetanus from infecting when a wound has been sustained under dirty conditions) it is actually a DPT, or diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccination. Pertussis is, of course, the whooping cough. Getting “tetanus shots” would, I think, be pretty common among manual laborers who risk cutting themselves on the job.
Any government that couldn't care for it's people the way ours has for years needs replacing. Thank God for elections, thank God for November.
I just hope it's not too late for the cavalry. Chief Sitting Bullshit seems more concerned with a Muslim holiday and mosk(intended) at Ground Zero than whatever ills Americans suffer: unemployment, high taxes, illegal immigration, forclosures, bankruptcies, you-name-it.
GHW Bush declared lower taxes with the notion of higher revenues to be Voodoo Economics. What the hell name do you give to higher taxes with the highest unemployment since the Great Depression? Obamanomics?
or die from it. Gee, thanks
Don’t know about the California epidemic, but Polio *was* all but erased and islam let it back in. On purpose. Claiming that vaccination was an “infidel” trick.
We will try to live with it, while you are trying to prevent us from living with it.
“Think liberal idiots like my sister who wouldnt get her kids vaccinated”
Yes, sorry but agreed. Those are the people to blame, not illegal immigrants.
You puy everyone at risk by relying on those who do vaccinate to provide herd immunity which protects your family. I think you need to consider that in your “ principled stand”. This is why people especially babies who have not developed immunity get exposed to whooping cough. The disease can be wiped out if everyone is vaccinated.
“Last time I checked, we live in America. Our family chooses not to vaccinate. Live with it.”
Thank you! Vaccines kill or maim many more than the diseases they are supposed to wipe out. And ‘immunity’ from vaccines is almost always temporary. Another factor is that the diseases being attacked with vaccines are also attacked with antibiotics. They become much more virulent. Modern medicine is creating a monster of epic proportions. Only natural treatments that the doctors won’t use attack and kill some of the super bugs floating around us, and especially in hospitals.
And you are right. It is not a liberal thing. All the people I know who are opposed to vaccines are anything but liberals. Liberals just bend over or roll up their shirt sleeve for whatever the De Factos ask of them. Is this thread flushing out some not-so-conservative Freepers?
"And immunity from vaccines is almost always temporary.
Which is why there are booster shots.
"Another factor is that the diseases being attacked with vaccines are also attacked with antibiotics. They become much more virulent. Modern medicine is creating a monster of epic proportions."
Antibiotic overuse/misuse in the second and third world are the major reasons for the development of antibiotic resistance. But antibiotic resistance is irrelevant to the question of immunization by vaccines.
"Only natural treatments that the doctors wont use attack and kill some of the super bugs floating around us, and especially in hospitals."
What would those "natural treatments" be??? "Colloidal silver???
Two out of three ain't bad.
Down here in San Diego, the illegals and legals alike, go across the border for health treatment. It's cheaper and they don't see it as not being safe medical care.
Working at a school, we ask that all the kids get immunized but I don't think we have a way to enforce it. I've not seen our school bar a student from attending w/o med forms being completed like we used to.
Barack Hussein Obama is the guilty party here. If he had been upholding the Constitution he swore to defend, he would have been protecting our border and consequently our children.
He needs to be impeached and tried for treason.
TB is on the rise in california.
If one of your kids contracts a serious illness and transmits it to a classmate, then I guess we'll see what the rest of your community thinks of your "principled stance".
Please cite a source for this claim.
That's because THE DISEASES HAVE BEEN ALMOST ERADICATED BY DECADES OF VACCINATIONS, DAMMIT!!
Just wait till the ideas you are advocating take hold and we start seeing kids die, by the truckload, of measles, whooping cough, meningitis.
It's bad enough, although understandable, when I hear about Gaia-worshipping hippies endorsing this no-vaccination crapola. Hearing supposedly intelligent conservatives spouting it makes me want to go live on another planet.
We selectively vaccinate our children.
It’s a risk-reward calculation.
Some vaccines can have very serious and permanent side effects and some have open questions not yet fully examined due the length of “trial” to show long-term effects. We feel no need to play guinea pig or “data point” for the drug companies.
H1N1 was one we avoided and there have been several other “safe” vaccines.
“...makes me want to go live on another planet.”
Read the article posted, for starters.
From the article...
“The danger occurs when adults and teenagers whose immunity wanes around 12 years old contract whooping cough and unwittingly give it to infants.”
This is true for nearly all vaccines.
So do the vaccines and the antibiotics. But don’t force vaccinations. Think Autism...known to be caused by mercury in vaccines. Flu passed by vaccines. Polio passed to some by vaccines in the heyday for this.
Seventy five years ago polio was cured in 48 hours by a magnesium chloride tonic. So was diphtheria. Google it if you doubt this. There was never a need for iron lungs and disabled people...the medical profession did not want a simple cure that had insignificant cost.
The same magnesium chloride tonic has successfully cured MRSA...something doctors can’t do with their antibiotics (MRSA exists because of too much antibiotic use...in this country, not in the 3rd world). This disease is passed to patients in hospitals because of negligent sanitation. Ozone use would kill most of the bugs passed in hospitals before patients become infected. C-Diff is another of those really nasty hospital diseases.
Big Medicine, in order to protect their profits from that fiendish "surgery" and "chemotherapy", has been concealing this information from the public for years.
Not a lie. Unless you like to believe the lies of the FDA and the PharmaNazis. Your saying it is a lie does not make it one. But glad you are so well educated and dedicated to the truth /s
Where is your /s tag on your comment about bandaids?
They have brought TB with them, also.
Whooping cough, bed bug infestations, rampant government corruption, hedonism for the masses....isn’t living though the collapse of an empire grand?
You said: “Our family chooses not to vaccinate. Live with it.”
I was born before the polio vaccine and got polio. My sister was born after, was vaccinated and didn’t.
When you watch one of your progeny suffer from you position remember your words and suffer. I have no pity for you.
“If one of your kids contracts a serious illness and transmits it to a classmate, then I guess we’ll see what the rest of your community thinks of your “principled stance”.”
By that logic, can I sue the parents of a child who had a reaction to the shot and came into contact with my child?
What a maroon. I had all of the childhood diseases, including ruebella. My grandchildren had the mildest case of measles their pediatrician has ever seen.
You live your life...I’ll live mine.
To the extent that it is true, that's why booster shots or multiple vaccinations are made available. But from a health policy standpoint, a population's immunity does not fade due to vaccinations.