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Tag Archive: Pertussis

Jun 15 2014

Other parents chose not to vaccinate

A San Francisco station does a better job of taking pertussis seriously in its report; it says it can be deadly for infants and children. But then it talks to a citizen. “Hopefully people will catch it when their kids are showing symptoms and they’ll get treated right away and keep them away from other …

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Jun 15 2014

It’s not just “a persistent cough”

Well, here’s a terrible bit of reporting on the whooping cough epidemic in California from local CBS News. Infants and young children are most vulnerable to whooping cough. Symptoms vary by age but include a cough and runny nose for one or two weeks. The cough then worsens and children may experience rapid coughing spells …

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Jun 14 2014

Pertussis

This one is even worse. Again: warning. The cough goes on and on and on and on and she cannot get her breath. I’ve done that gasp a few times as an adult, just from a regular cough with a cold – that dragging thing where you desperately try to haul in the air by …

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Jun 14 2014

What whooping cough looks like

Warning: hard to take. Nevertheless should be widely shown so that people will know THEY NEED TO GET THEIR CHILDREN  VACCINATED.

Jun 14 2014

Vaccination history lesson

You know who developed the whooping cough vaccine? No neither did I until I looked it up. Pearl Kendrick. In 1893, when Pearl Kendrick was a three-year-old growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, she was struck with a case of whooping cough – known as pertussis to scientists, named after the bacteria (Bordetella pertussis) that causes …

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Jun 14 2014

Rushing backward

California is being hit with a massive epidemic of whooping cough. Of whooping cough – one of those diseases for which there’s been an effective vaccine for more than 70 years. California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state’s public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past …

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