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Whooping cough reaches
epidemic level in California

Los Angeles Times, by Monte Morin

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 6/14/2014 8:24:06 AM

For the first time in four years, California is experiencing a statewide epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough, with infants under the age of 6 months facing the greatest risk of hospitalization or death, according to state health authorities. "We urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated," said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. "We also urge parents to vaccinate infants as soon as possible." California counties have reported 3,458 cases of the disease this year, including two infant deaths. While that figure is less than the 9,163 cases reported in 2010 — the last

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I wonder if this has anything to do with the other huge story going on right now?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/14/2014 8:48:09 AM     (No. 9885586)

Many thanks to the anti-vaccination wackos. Some of the most dangerous people on our planet.

Thanks to vaccinations, whooping cough was under control when I was a kid. Some are intent on taking us back decades. And who gets the worst of it? The babies who are too young for vaccinations. They die. What sense is there in being anti-abortion - ostensibly pro-life - and then killing off babies so mindlessly?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/14/2014 8:50:42 AM     (No. 9885589)

PS. If our population is adequately vaccinated, they will be protected against disease brought in by others. Don´t blame this on the influx from Central America. This is about vaccinating our own people. It´s called the "herd effect".



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Reply 3 - Posted by: eoddad, 6/14/2014 9:43:15 AM     (No. 9885672)

Wonder if the hordes of third world folks poring across our border has anything to do with it?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 6/14/2014 10:45:42 AM     (No. 9885760)

Doctors develope vaccine. Vaccine all but eradicates disease. Liberal declares vaccines unsafe. Nearly eradicated disease becomes an epidemic and starts killing again. Where is CaiforniCare and preventive medicine?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NYBruin, 6/14/2014 11:13:15 AM     (No. 9885802)

Thank you , Jenny McCarthy!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mamafrog, 6/14/2014 11:36:42 AM     (No. 9885846)

One other simple thing, if you are an adult check with your doctor to make sure your whooping cough immunization is up to date. While whooping cough is most deadly in the young it can strike us older folks. With us it just seems to be a really bad and longer than normal respiratory infection. Unfortunately, we can pass it on to younger members of our communities, especially those who have parents who decided vaccinations are bad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 6/14/2014 11:39:02 AM     (No. 9885851)

My grandparents´ first child died at 5 years with diphtheria. Something that has all but wiped out now.

There are two reasons....the Jenny McCarthy stupidity and the influx of third world immigrants and invaders. We are beginning to see diseases that we thought were conquered.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dvc, 6/14/2014 12:24:23 PM     (No. 9885905)

This is just one of the many reasons that SANE countries have closed borders with inspections of people and goods as they cross. Crazy-fornia has steadily become a third world country, in many ways.

Add in the antivaccination crazies - Oh, well, life´s path and outcomes are largely controlled by one´s choices - and one´s parents´ choices.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PrairieAnemone, 6/14/2014 5:31:23 PM     (No. 9886163)

Bordetella Pertussis has also mutated, making those vaccines less effective.

The study, published in Emerging Infectious Disease, analysed 320 samples of Bordetella pertussis bacteria from patients with whooping cough from 2008 to 2012, with the proportion of pertactin-free bacteria jumping from 5 per cent in 2008 to 78 per cent in 2012.
Lead author Connie Lam said the "huge increase" in mutated bacteria, which has also been found in the US and France, was unexpected.
“The fact that they have arisen independently in different countries suggests it´s a response to the vaccine,” said Ms Lam, of the University of NSW school of biotechnology and biomolecular sciences.




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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/14/2014 5:59:30 PM     (No. 9886201)

Re #9, that quoted material appears to be from this article.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/whooping-cough-vaccine-loses-its-effectiveness-20140414-36np3.html

Which begins:

The bacteria that causes deadly whooping cough has mutated to more easily evade its vaccine, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of children at risk.

Experts fear a new booster shot may be needed for 18-month-olds, and say it is more important than ever that babies are immunised as early as possible to prevent exposure from people whose vaccines have worn off.




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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/14/2014 6:00:51 PM     (No. 9886204)

(cont´d)

It is a good idea to read the entire article.

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