6/18/14: Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

i Jun 18th
  • Last Friday, the State of California declared their whooping cough outbreak an “epidemic.”
  • In the first 5 months of this year, they have confirmed  3,458 cases.
  • In the past 2 weeks alone, 800 new cases have been diagnosed in California.

There is a handful of reasons for this (anti-vaccine movement, shorter duration of immunity with acellular vaccine, etc…). The following link has a several minute clip that discusses the issues.

I hope you will find it worth your time to view and share with others. Don’t forget:  in the “pre-vaccine era,” whooping cough was referred to as the “100 day cough” and few people of any age would want that! Remember, VACCINES EQUAL PREVENTION and can be life-saving!

“How whooping cough became an epidemic in 2014” MSNBC News (June 17, 2014)

– “On Friday, California declared an epidemic for whooping cough. How does a preventable illness become an epidemic? Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil and Chris Hayes, host of ‘All In,’ discuss the perils of the anti-vaccination movement.”
Click here to watch the clip
 Click here for more information on Pertussis (whooping cough)
Click here for the Pertussis handout in English
Click here for the Pertussis handout in Spanish