Saturday, July 10, 2010

More on the Anti-Vaxxer-Caused Pertussis Epidemic in California

This morning I was reading the newsletter that I get as a member of the San Diego County Medical Society. There was more information about the pertussis epidemic, including this. Emphases mine:

State Facing Pertussis Epidemic • CDPH Urges Physicians to Vaccinate Patients Against Whooping Cough

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the state is in the midst of a pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic. Infection rates have risen this year, with a four-fold increase in the number of reported pertussis cases in California, compared to the same time period in 2009. If current trends continue, California could experience a 50-year high in pertussis cases, despite wide availability of a vaccine to protect both adolescents and adults. In order to protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated, it is important to vaccinate anyone with potential infant contact. CDPH is making additional Tdap (tetanus, reduced diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine available at no charge to eligible hospitals, so that they can immunize post-partum women and their close household contacts. For more information, visit the CDPH website.

Now when you hear the old saw "But what harm does it do to let people have their irrational beliefs?" - if you live in California, here's something scary that's going on right now.

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