State distributes more vaccine as whooping cough epidemic continues

July 13, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 9 a.m. July 13, 2012

Statewide, health officials recorded more than 2,000 whooping cough cases since the secretary of health declared a pertussis epidemic April 3.

The epidemic is up to 2,883 reported cases and remains active. Officials urge vaccinations and other prevention measures to stop the spread of pertussis. The vaccine against the disease is called Tdap.

“Infants are most at risk for very serious illness from whooping cough, and many are made sick by an adult who didn’t know they were carrying the illness,” Dr. Maxine Hayes, state health office, said in a statement. “All teens and adults should get the Tdap shot. Even people who don’t have close contact with babies can spread the illness to babies when they’re in public.”

The state Department of Health ordered 14,000 more doses of whooping cough vaccine for uninsured adults to go with 27,000 doses already sent to local health and tribal partners.

Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The disease is most serious for infants, especially children too young to receive the vaccination. Pertussis causes cold-like systems followed by a long, severe cough.

Vaccination is the best protection, but other effective ways exist to reduce the spread of pertussis. People suffering from whooping cough should stay home, wash hands often and see a doctor about a prolonged cough.

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4 Responses to “State distributes more vaccine as whooping cough epidemic continues”

  1. Patrick Thomas on July 13th, 2012 9:40 am

    Why do these articles only mention vaccinations as THE solution to our immune systems being able to defend against various bacteria and viruses? It’s a huge disservice to mankind to keep perpetuating this religion. Our bodies are FAR more complicated than just VACCINES, VACCINES, VACCINES, VACCINES !!!!

    Why don’t doctors stress the basics before chemicals?

    Why don’t these articles stress the need for ingesting all 90-some-odd vitamins/minerals/amino acids?

    Why don’t these articles stress the need for breastfeeding?

    Why don’t these articles stress the need for avoiding toxic, processed, GMO, sugared foods?

    Why don’t these articles stress the need for exercise?

    Why don’t these articles stress the need for getting plenty of sleep?

    The point being, ALL of the above-mentioned items are far more important than vaccines (if vaccines can even be considered important at all – at least in a positive way).

    Stressing vaccines over the BASICS of our bodies speaks volumes regarding the true intentions of these “experts” who all have a vested interest in keeping everyone unhealthy so they can then provide endless “treatments” for the masses.

  2. Patrick Thomas on July 13th, 2012 9:40 am

    The vaccination is a complete failure and the unvaccinated are not to blame. I have proof:

    A collection of mainstream news reports and studies exploding the whooping cough vaccine myth

  3. Patrick Thomas on July 13th, 2012 12:46 pm

    (Australia ends free pertussis vaccines for adults because it’s ineffective):

    “PARENTS across Australia will no longer receive free whooping cough vaccinations because it is not effective in protecting newborns from the potentially deadly illness, a parliamentary committee has heard.”

    “The PBAC, which is totally independent and very expert, has determined that there is no clinical effectiveness of this strategy,” Professor Brook said.

    He said this had made it clear the cocooning strategy should not be continued.

    “So all jurisdictions who have been in this program will be effectively ceasing the cocooning strategy as of the end of June this year.”

    “There has been a national committee meet to look at this and to make decisions on the basis of the best scientific evidence available … the evidence is that the strategy has not been effective.”

  4. Margot Tenser on July 15th, 2012 5:30 pm

    Why would an article about vaccine distribution address the importance of regular exercise?

    And are you really trying to argue that regular sleep would prevent the spread of whooping cough?

    Vaccination is not the be all and end all of public health. That’s so obvious, it doesn’t need to be said. But vaccination has saved the lives of countless children who would have been otherwise killed or maimed by exposure to childhood illness.

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