Croton Parents: Protect Kids From Resurgence of Whooping Cough

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There has been a recent resurgence in pertussis (whooping cough)both  in the United States and in this region.
There has been a recent resurgence in pertussis (whooping cough)both in the United States and in this region. Photo Credit: Flcker user USACE

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease caused by the Bordella Pertussis bacteria, which can cause severe coughing fits that can last for weeks. 

Nearly 18,000 cases of whooping cough - or pertussis - have been reported so far this year - more than twice the number seen at this point in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And at this pace, the number for the entire year could be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported in the United States.

“We have seen cases of pertussis in Westchester County,” said Dr. Debra Spicehandler, an infectious disease specialist at Northern Westchester Hospital. But, she said, they have not seen any outbreaks of the disease.

“In infants, the cough can be a high-pitched whoop, hence the name ‘whooping cough,’” said Dr. Stephen Jones, an infectious disease specialist in Fairfield County, Conn.

Susceptibility to infection, said Jones, is affected by age and vaccination status.

“The population most at risk are newborns, as well as anyone who has not been vaccinated in recent years, ” he said, adding that most healthy adults and children – if infected – will have a full recovery.

The vaccine, he said, is effective, “but it does not confer long-term immunity.” 

According to a 2011 study by the CDC, the protection afforded by the vaccine might only last three to six years.

“It is important for adults to receive the vaccine again if a significant amount of time has passed since their last vaccine, or if they have never received it at all,” Jones said.

“Children, under the supervision of their pediatricians, should receive a series of vaccines to build immunity,” said Jones. Adults, he said, should discuss with their physician the need for the Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.  

Jones added that adults generally do not develop serious symptoms, but they should be vaccinated in order to prevent transmitting the disease to young infants and children who could be at serious risk. 

Jones strongly urges people to get vaccinated: “The vaccine is considered very safe and has saved countless lives.”

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My girlfriend's vaccinated son just got over whooping cough. She has two children who are not vaccinated (and 4 others who are)against it whom she treated homeopathicaly and w antibiotics and no one else became infected.

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http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/mercola.html

and the primary purpose of those highly provocative articles is to drive traffic to his sales operation:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/February-2012/Dr-Joseph-Mercola-Visionary-or-Quack/index.php?cparticle=3&siarticle=2#artanc

Mercola.com, which bills itself as "The Worlds #1 Natural Health Website" is a commercial website run by an individual who uses it to sell vitamins and other products:

http://products.mercola.com/

It looks like it has a strong anti traditional medicine bias. If you want independent health coverage, stick with sources like webmd.com, or better yet, the National Institute of Health's Pubmed site:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Here's an example:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=pertussis%20vaccine

"Surprise! Whooping Cough Spreads Mainly through Vaccinated Populations

In 2010, the largest outbreak of whooping cough in over 50 years occurred in California. Around that same time, a scare campaign was launched in the California by Pharma-funded medical trade associations, state health officials and national media, targeting people opting out of receiving pertussis vaccine, falsely accusing them of causing the outbreak.

However, research published in March of this year paints a very different picture than the one spread by the media .

In fact, the study showed that 81 percent of 2010 California whooping cough cases in people under the age of 18 occurred in those who were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine. Eleven percent had received at least one shot, but not the entire recommended series, and only eight percent of those stricken were unvaccinated.

According to the authors :

“This first detailed analysis of a recent North American pertussis outbreak found widespread disease among fully vaccinated older children. Starting approximately three years after prior vaccine dose, attack rates markedly increased, suggesting inadequate protection or durability from the acellular vaccine.”

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/30/whooping-cough-vaccine.aspx?e_cid=20120730_DNL_artNew_1

Please do protect your child but do your research about vaccines as part of the process. The articles neglects to say this outbreak is with kids that have already been vaccinated.

Please do a little research before you spread your information. Here is some other info:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-whoopingcough-idUSBRE8320TM20120403

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/15/whooping-cough-kills-5-in-california-state-declares-an-epidemic.aspx