Skip to comments.Washington state health officials declare whooping cough epidemic, seek CDC help as cases soar
Posted on 05/11/2012 8:10:26 AM PDT by C19fan
Washington states worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.
Its the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.
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whooping cough was all but extinct, until the “ Vaccines are killing out kids “ crowd got a voice...
The birkenstock crowd, like the Luddites, like to go natural. Not too surprising, really.
Probably most cases occur in communities with large immigrant populations. California, Wisconsin, and Washington all have large agricultural presences.
I was thinking the same thing but there is no mention of where the outbreaks are occurring in Washington.
Agreed. Then you add to that the illegals who are coming from countries where the population typically doesn't get such vaccinations, and you get an epidemic.
You could be right, but the thing is that those kids who are school-age have to present their immunization records to the school nurse. In Texas public schools, you show ‘em (the records) or you hold ‘em (the kids) until you do. Then you have the whole truancy thing going on.
So, I wonder what age-group is hardest hit?
A friend of mine from church is still recovering from a bout with whooping cough...
she’s an adult, good health, never had a problem with it before...
and it knocked the daylights out of her...
A little red meat, a little sunshine and a lot less anger surrounding them could help.
How do you know it is in the Birkenstock-wearing demographic?
That said, I'm dad to say there are quite a few anti vaccine kooks here on free republic.
I know kids need vac papers for school.
I will NEVER get a flu shot. Just saying.
Yes, there are several Leftist FReepers here on FR.
NOTE: I’M NOT SAYING YOU SHOULD NOT GET VACCINATED - HAVE TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT UP FRONT TO AVOID TYPICAL RESPONSE FROM FOLKS WHO DO NOT READ ENTIRE POST
It’s amazing that a Freeper who will rail against government mandating a hundred things because the government says it’s good for you will suddenly turn an about-face when discussing injecting stuff into their children and themselves without being apprised of the risks (and there are risks).
And before you argue there are no risks, please explain the existence of the US vaccine court and the case files anyone can review showing findings and cash settlements. Then explain the fine print on the bottles themselves.
Once that’s done, you’ll actually be informed, and can proceed to take the shots as a citizen, not a subject, after making a choice to do so.
In all, more than 10,000 kindergartners started school last fall with vaccine exemptions, up from about 8,300 the previous school year. In 1997, when enrollment was higher, the number of exempted kindergartners was 4,318.
Statewide, only 2% of kindergartners had exemptions. But The Times found they were enrolled in a relatively small number of schools. Parents who sign affidavits saying vaccines are contrary to my beliefs are most likely to send their children to schools in affluent areas -- many of them public charter schools and non-Catholic private schools.
Do you have a link?
I can explain the existence of the vaccine court in one sentence: Idiots who don’t understand the difference between correlation and causation end up creating bureaucracies that waste everyone’s time and money.
Link to US Gov site: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CHIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uscfc.uscourts.gov%2Fvaccine-programoffice-special-masters&ei=PFStT8rODYfs8wTi8Jz9DA&usg=AFQjCNH9Ftqqw3zsFM-VSySy3huXCgny-A.