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The symptoms of whooping cough are similar to many other respiratory diseases so it is often incorrectly diagnosed until the worst symptoms appear.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:11 pm

My doctor told me I have to get a TDAP booster shot for pertussis otherwise known as whooping cough. Since we are currently experiencing an epidemic of whooping cough in many states, you might want to check to see of you need a booster shot as well.

I received an email from our local school district today informing me that there are cases of pertussis breaking out at the high school my daughter attends. Pertussis can be a fatal illness, especially for infants, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. I fall into the latter category. The symptoms of whooping cough are similar to many other respiratory diseases so it is often incorrectly diagnosed until the worst symptoms appear.

Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults. The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Unlike the common cold, pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks. [...]

Pertussis can cause violent and rapid coughing, over and over, until the air is gone from the lungs and you are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. This extreme coughing can cause you to throw up and be very tired. [...]

As the disease progresses, the traditional symptoms of pertussis appear and include:

•Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"
•Vomiting (throwing up)
•Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits

The coughing fits can go on for up to 10 weeks or more. In China, pertussis is known as the "100 day cough." [...]

Recovery from pertussis can happen slowly. The cough becomes less severe and less common. However, coughing fits can return with other respiratory infections for many months after pertussis started.

It seems pertussis or whooping cough has made a big comeback in the US. It was practically nonexistent in the 70's and 80's but cutbacks to public health funding and fear of vaccinations seems to have led to a return of these diseases. In 2010 we had over 27,000 cases and this year so far we have over 12,000 cases of this disease that we once thought had been effectively eliminated from the US.

Washington is another state where the local data is more current than that from the CDC. Washington reports 2,092 pertussis cases for 2012 on its website, through week 22. That is 193 more cases than the CDC has. Wisconsin has the second highest number of whooping cough cases reported to the CDC. It reported 210 additional cases last week for a total of 1,196 cases for the year. Dane County and the state capital of Madison have been the center of the outbreak, the Wisconsin State Journal reports, seeing at least 357 pertussis cases in 2012. New York State has reported 1,056 pertussis cases. Minnesota has 815 while Illinois has 660. The top ten states, reporting 338 whooping cough cases or more for 2012, account for 69 percent of the national total.

States that allow parent to opt out of vaccinations develop clusters where outbreaks start that can lead to epidemics. Also, some doctors believe the current vaccine for pertussis may not be as effective as in the past since they are no longer based on dead whole cells of the bacteria that causes whooping cough but only contain selected proteins (antigens) of the pertussis bacteria.
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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 7:15 pm

Additional resources for information:

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be spread by coughing. People with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months. Infants too young for vaccination are at greatest risk for life-threatening cases of pertussis. Over 9,000 cases of pertussis were reported in California during 2010, the most in over 60 years, including 10 infant deaths. Pertussis continues to circulate throughout California and the rest of the world.

Make sure that you have been vaccinated against pertussis. Booster doses are needed throughout life because protection after pertussis vaccine or disease wears off over time.

•Young children need five doses of DTaP (PDF) by kindergarten (ages 4-6).

•Students in 7th grade in California need to have met the requirement for a Tdap (PDF) booster - see

•Adults are also recommended to receive a Tdap booster, especially if they are in contact with infants or are health care workers, but most adults have not yet received Tdap.

•Pertussis vaccination recommendations of the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) are


Pertussis Disease Questions and Answers (CDC)

Information about Pertussis and infants, vaccination, prevention and more.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccine Information Statement (PDF, New Window)
Facts about the Tdap vaccine.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine Information Statement (PDF, New Window)
Facts about the DTaP vaccine.
B. parapertussis Infection: Public Health Recommendations (PDF, New Window)Information For Health Professionals
2011 Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Immunization Requirements for Students
FAQs for Schools & Providers
CDPH Pertussis Immunization Policy July 2010 (PDF, New Window)
Tdap Coverage under Medicare Part D Updated 10/1 (PDF, New Window)
Letter from CMS verifying Part D Coverage (PDF, New Window)
Pertussis Alert to General Acute Care Hospitals (PDF, New Window)
CDPH Quicksheet: Pertussis (PDF, New Window)
CDPH document on clinical case definition, clinical symptoms, modes of transmission, and more.
CDPH Pertussis Case Definition (PDF, New Window)
CDPH Pertussis Laboratory Testing, California (PDF, New Window)
Laboratory testing for pertussis information from the California Dept. of Public Health.
Pertussis in Young Infants-Guidance for Clinicians, 6-2011 (PDF, New Window)
Clinical Guidance for Pertussis in Young Infants
Clinical guidance for clinicians providing care for infants with pertussis.
ACIP Recommendation on Tdap for Adolescents, 3-2006
Vaccine recommendations for preventing pertussis in adolescents.
ACIP Recommendation on Tdap for Adults, 12-2006
Vaccine recommendations for preventing pertussis in adults.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Provisional Recommendations for the Use of Tdap in Health Care Personnel (PDF, New Window)
Tetanus Prophylaxis (PDF, New Window)
A one page color poster about Tetanus Prophylaxis in Wound Management.
Materials for Billing and Reporting Prevention and Disease Control
CDC Guidelines for the Control of Pertussis Outbreaks
Link to CDC guidelines for public health officials and healthcare workers in their efforts to prevent the spread of pertussis.
Cocooning and Tdap Vaccination (Immunization Action Coalition) Data and Surveillance
Pertussis Case Report Form
Number of Cases of Pertussis in California: Pertussis Summary Reports
Vaccine-Preventable Disease Data
The Immunization Branch collects and publishes information on vaccine-preventable diseases in California. This page includes the most recent reports as well as information on when and how to report VPD cases.Resources
Tdap Expansion Program
Pertussis Prevention Materials for the Public, Providers & Schools
2010 CDPH free on-demand pertussis webinar for clinicians (WMV, New Window)
This 1-hour presentation features Dr. Mark Sawyer presenting current epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and immunization recommendations to help clinicians prevent pertussis for all age groups.
Webinar Q & A on pertussis answered by CDPH experts (PDF, New Window)
Webinar Slides (PPT, New Window)
Pertussis Radio PSA (MP3, New Window)
Pertussis Radio PSA in Spanish (MP3, New Window)
Pertussis, Pink Book CDC (PDF, New Window)
Disease background, treatment, vaccination and more.
Vaccines & Preventable Diseases
Vaccine and disease information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
CDC's Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 4th Edition, 2008

Before we get there - yes I am aware that Natural News claims children are dying from the vaccine however, the risk of dying from a disease that is preventable are far greater then taking caution from the beginning.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:26 pm
I hope that public health clinics provide the vaccine to families who can't afford to pay for it. I don't know what can be done about parents who believe the vaccine is responsible for autism. I can understand their concerns, even though I don't agree with them.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 12:23 am
I am outraged at care2's Celeste (something)," PhD". who advocates actively against vaccinations. This lunitic has an incredible following of the younger crowd who actually agree with her. I can't believe Care2 would allow such irresponsible and dangerous garbage. I also found out her degree is from a phony online , unaccredited, college and has no medical background what so ever.

Here in California, the illegal immigrants are bringing Pertussis with them. There have been several outbreaks throughout the state.

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:14 am

I can almost understand their concerns, most are too young to remember the diseases that for the most part are no more. Diseases like Polio and Pertussis, smallpox and measles(etc...) were all but eradicated by vaccination. I agree with Heidi, far too many "doctors" give misinformation about vaccines that feed hysteria, and people are not getting their children proper preventative treatment. It's very sad to see children sick or dying for that reason.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:18 pm
Very good to know. Thanks Kit.
All the epidemics of years ago, which we thought would be gone forever, seem to be reappearing. I think this is do to not vaccinating all children. We got our shots at school back then.

Anita B (69)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 3:40 pm
Gee hope these diseases don't return again and Parents do protect their children; otherwise they'll be very sorry not doing so. The main problem these days, is Doctors are always confusion when giving out information also on the whole also people from poorer countries bring these Diseases in without knowing it and it isn't their fault!
Can't see what can be done to truly prevent this from happening, all over again!

Vallee R (280)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 4:19 pm
Well I will disagree with some here - I am against ALL vaccinations - I agree pertussis is a bad thing - but even Bill Gates has even been known to have said in private conversations that they (the globalist's - he was at the last Bilderberg meeting last weekend) - are putting poisons into most vaccines for their eugenics program - anyone can call me nuts or crazy or more but I read alternative news and do research - it would be better to keep the borders stricter but not the way they are. No one will vaccinate me!

John B (185)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:07 pm
Thanks Kit for posting the article and list of resources. As an esophageal cancer survivor and still dealing with Lymphoma and leukemia I have to get the booster and all yearly immunizations. Pain in the butt, or rather the arm, but it beats six feet under.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:16 pm
I had whooping cough in 7th grade - two years after getting vaccinated, my next younger sister got it the same time & it was the same year she had her vaccination, my youngest sister had NOT yet been vaccinated & she got it too..the only thing the vaccination did was shorten the time & weaken the strength of the symptoms for my middle sister, who only missed one month of school. I was out of school 6 weeks, my youngest sister was not yet in school. Needless to say, I haven't trusted vaccinations since. But Illinois Requires them to go to public school.

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:26 pm
Thanks Kit

Antonia Windham (6)
Sunday June 10, 2012, 5:27 pm
I've long accepted that we grown-ups've the right to foolishly refuse medical care that's known to save health and lives (even when, like the story points out, those societal irritants're passing along their oft-preventable illnesses to the rest of us). But I've no truck with allowing parents to put their children in the same position.

If you've a mind to kill yourself I'd far rather you do it in a way not calculated to take some of the rest of us with you - but I'll support your right to do it, no matter how many of us you sicken along the way to your everlasting rest. But do be a decent parent and leave your children behind.

Sunday June 10, 2012, 7:29 pm
Thanks Kit.

Lindsay K (6)
Monday June 11, 2012, 7:27 am
Unless there's a medical indication against having this vaccination, it's best to get it - whooping cough is a horrible illness, and it must be very frightening for a child.

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday June 11, 2012, 10:23 am
the problem is knowing who to trust. those who blindly follow their doctor's advice (and i don't mean kit) are as foolish as those who follow a trend without investigating.

Gene J (290)
Monday June 11, 2012, 2:13 pm
I was never vaccinated as a child and never had it, but a year ago this past winter, here in Minnesota, I developed a cough that would not go away, went to my doctor and was told then that I had a mild form of it, that it seemed to be making a resurgence, got some prescription medications, but still the whole episode lasted nearly a month, wracking, painful cough so hard I pulled rib cage muscles. It's real, it's here and it hurt. Don't want to do that again and hope having had the mild form produced antibodies that will protect me from it ever happening again. Vaccinations, we now learn, are not necessarily what we were told when they were given us, lifelong protection. Medicine has learned a bit in the years since vaccines were first developed. Some of the dread diseases we thought were wiped out have merely been lying fallow waiting for us to relax our guard it seems.

Terri Hughes (416)
Monday June 11, 2012, 2:48 pm
This is very bad news, people need to get there children vaccinated. We don't want all these diseases that we thought where gone, to make a comeback. And the way the population has grown, it would be a disaster if we had an outbreak!!!!

Nancy C (0)
Monday June 11, 2012, 6:59 pm
People can all do what we fee lis best. I will never ever recieve another vaccine and neither will my autistic son. We have both been injured by vaccines. Vaccines are not as safe as everyone whats to think.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 7:36 am
Thanks, good to know.

Veronique L (209)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 8:55 am

. (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2012, 2:47 pm
This is no joke, we have had two students come down with this a little while back.

Frank Hanline (35)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:12 pm
Yes, I've been doing battle on Celeste's article on Vaccinations, Allergies and Asthma where she even dropped a line on "Unvaccinated kids are smarter"

Good to see that there are more voices out there

Rebecca P (11)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:46 pm
Thank you for this post! I agree with Heidi. I was appalled at Yarnall's article against vaccines. I posted comments with links to information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent only to be accused of being in bed with "big pharma". The pharmaceutical companies do not make money on vaccines. If anything, they stand to make a lot of money if anti vaxers get their way. we will be treating the diseases vaccines are designed to prevent, and the complications which in some cases, can be life long. There is far too much pseudoscience and "woo woo" being posted as "information" on care2, and article posted by questionable sources:

I am an emergency room nurse and it scares me how many children are not getting vaccinated. I am not looking forward to an epidemic of preventable diseases flooding in to our already overcrowded emergency rooms. And yes, I did get my Tdap this week, and I am going to check my MMR titre and update that if needed.

Antonia Windham (6)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 4:53 pm
You should be grateful for those, Rebecca P, who accuse you of being 'in bed with big pharma' because you sensibly believe vaccines to be useful things. By doing so, they're informing you and the rest of us how foolish they really are and're therefore also letting us know that their words can be safely ignored. Stupid arguments usually come from those who're enthusiastically demonstrating lack of brainpower.
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