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Whooping Cough Is Now An Epidemic In California

— Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California, and state health officials are pushing a more aggressive vaccination policy.

So far this year, nearly 1,500 Californians have been infected with whooping cough, also known as pertussis. That’s five times more than this time last year.

"We are facing what could be the worst year for pertussis in California in about 50 years,” said Gil Chavez, the state’s epidemiologist.

Chavez says they’re expanding vaccine recommendations. He says anyone seven or older who’s not immunized should be, including those over 64.

And Chavez says it’s critical for pregnant women to get the vaccine, because infants are most at risk. Five have died this year. Chavez says adults who’ve had the shot as a child still need the vaccine:

“Immunity from vaccination wanes over time -– and immunity from natural disease also wanes over time, so boostering people for vaccine with pertussis is also very, very important,” said Chavez.

Chavez says that’s why the disease tends to run in cycles, as immunity wanes every five years or so.

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tybye | July 20, 2010 at 11:17 a.m. ― 4 years ago

What officials are not saying is that pertussis (whooping cough) outbreasks are cyclical and tend to peak every two to five years, regardless of the vaccination rate. Once again, this is a created hysteria to capitalize on fears of frightened parents and an opportunity to push vaccination on a trusting, underinformed public
Pertussis is most worrisome in children less than 3 months of age due to the small size of windpipe. As with any infection, the youngest children are at greatest risk of serious illness and rarely, death. IImportantly, pertussis is not always serious and rarely is it as 'deadly' as the pro-vaccine doctors and the evening news would have you believe. The hallmark of pertussis is a persistent cough which is frequently diagnosed and treated as "bronchitis". Unless you or (your children are SPECIFICALLY tested for pertussis with a nasal or throat swab, you may have had it and not known!
Your child can be fully vaccinated and still contract pertussis
Three vaccines are administered for whooping cough, from 2 to 6 months of age. Problems caused by the DTaP (pertussis) vaccines are real. If you search the VAERS database, you will see THOUSANDS of reports of children who were severely injured or died from the vaccine.
Please do your research DO NOT relay on our Gov't to provide us with the truth!

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