Whooping Cough 2010 Outbreak Due to Vaccine Refusal

The outbreak of whooping cough in California during 2010 was the worst it has been since 1947. The epidemic killed 10 infants while infecting more than 9,000 people.

New data has revealed that the majority of patients that were infected with the bacterial infection that is highly contagious were adults who had refused a vaccination for their children or themselves.

The reasons for the refusal of a vaccine ranged from allergic reaction to religious beliefs amongst other personal reasons.

The author of the study, Dr. Saad Omer, said not having your child vaccinated is a decision that is not benign. It has health consequences that are real to the child and to a community.

A study was conducted that analyzed the different outbreak patterns, with a focus on parents who had filed for exemptions that were non-medical from the vaccination program of the state of California and its Department of Health.

Researchers learned that people in the “vaccine refusal” group were over 2.5 times more apt to be infected with the cough.

Researchers said the association was still significant even after making adjustments for demographic factors.

Whooping cough is known scientifically as Pertussis. It is an infection in the respiratory tract that is highly contagious. The cough however can be prevented by a vaccination at the rate of 100%.

Initial symptoms for whooping cough include a normal cough, low-grade fever, runny nose and congestion.

Overtime however the cough gets much more severe. It then becomes accompanied by vomiting along with sleeping, eating and breathing problems.

The best way to make sure infants and babies are protected is to be vaccinated while pregnant during the third trimester. Surround a baby with family members who are vaccinated.

Always make sure the baby receives every dose of the vaccine for whooping cough.

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