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.
...dont understand the difference between correlation and causation...
You have no facts to make this claim, and I'd guess you haven't researched this topic at all. You have a point of view, and no amount of reason will move you.
...end up creating bureaucracies that waste everyones time and money.
Congress created it, after specifically exempting vaccine makers from lawsuits. You'll say it was to stop shyster lawyers, I'll say it was to prevent the facts from coming out and risking the US population's herd immunity due to non-compliance, and we'd both be right.
Can you point me to the painkiller court how about the antibiotic court? Do you pay a $.75 tax on every prescription to be redistributed to people who claim they are affected by a side effect? There is no burden to show causation in the vaccine court.The whole thing is a sham and pandering to the anti science crowd.
Really, and you know this how? Be very specific, since you might be swapping posts with someone who knows much more about this topic than you, having witnessed a start to finish case FIRST HAND. Someone who knows that the system is heavily weighted against the plaintiff, ludicrously so.
Your argument style consists of assertions without facts - you really need to read a book or something or take a debate class. You're never too old to learn something.
Not everyone who receives a vaccination responds by building antibodies against the disease. For instance, I have been fully vaccinated against Hepatitis B, but never responded to the vaccine. My friend's son, who was vaccinated against measles, contracted the disease because he never responded to the vaccine.
What protects the entire community, and the “non-responders” is Herd Immunity.
When enough people are vaccinate, who do respond, then the communicable disease has little opportunity to jump from one person to another. Herd immunity increases the likelihood that those who have not responded to the vaccine will not have contact with the disease causing organism. Herd Immunity reduces the chances of an full-blown epidemic.
See paragraph 5 of this article from the New England Journal of Medicine.. Don't get hung up on presence of the word causal, just note how they define it. Note that the standard is lower than for product liability, and all that is needed is to show that a symptom matches one of the listed side effects. That a vaccine court even exists is proof of a certain anti-vaccine hysteria... The vaccine court is only biased against plaintiff if the adverse effect isn't on the list of known effects, which is as it should be. It is biased toward the plaintiff if the claim is on the list because there is presumptive causation based on that correlation, which was my point.
To win a VICP award, the claimant does not need to prove everything that is required to hold a vaccine maker liable in a product liability lawsuit. But a causal connection must be shown. If medical records show that a child had one of several listed adverse effects within a short period after vaccination, the VICP presumes that it was caused by the vaccine (although the government can seek to prove otherwise). An advisory committee helps to amend the list of adverse effects as the consensus view changes with the availability of new studies. If families claim that a vaccine caused an adverse effect that is not on the list, the burden of proof rests with them. Autism is not on the list for any vaccine, and the VICP has rejected about 300 such claims outright.source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp078168
To clear one thing up, are you part of the vaccine causes autism crowd or not? The vaccine court issue is a distraction to the bigger issue: the bogus claim that vaccines cause autism, which is scaring people away from having their children vaccinated...