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July 19th, 2012
09:26 PM ET

Whooping cough cases approaching highest levels in half a century

2012 might be a record year for whooping cough in the United States if midyear trends continue.  Nearly 18,000 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far this year - the highest rates in five years.

"That's more than twice as many as we had at the at the same time last year," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC. "We may need to go back to 1959 to find a year with as many cases reported by this time so far, " she said Thursday.

Pertussis is a highly contagious illness caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. It easily spreads from person to person when people cough or sneeze. It starts out with symptoms very similar to a cold, but a week or two later, a violent cough develops. It's better known as whooping cough because of the "whooping" sound those infected make when they are violently coughing over and over again and try to inhale.

Listen to what whooping cough sounds like

The cough can last for weeks, and children can cough so hard and rapidly that blood vessels can burst. They have difficulty eating, drinking and breathing.

Young children are particularly at high risk for serious complications.  Schuchat says so far nine babies have died from pertussis this year.   She adds that the highest rates of illness have been seen in babies younger than 1, and half of those cases have been infants younger than 3 months old.

Whooping cough is vaccine preventable, but newborns can't get the first dose of vaccine until they are 2 months.  Then they need four more vaccinations before they turn 7 to get full protection.  This is why young children are highly dependent on the people close to them to be vaccinated so they don't pass the disease on to them.

"We strongly urge pregnant women and all who will be around babies to be vaccinated.  Infants often get pertussis from a family member or household member," said Schuchat. The latest CDC data suggest only 8% of adults get a booster vaccine against pertussis.

Schuchat says many states are seeing higher than expected cases of pertussis.

One of the states hit hard in this wave of disease is Washington. In April, the Washington State Department of  Health declared an epidemic .  The department is reporting 3,014 cases as of July 14 –  a 1,300% increase compared with the same time in 2011, when they reported 219 cases.  Health Secretary Mary Selecky said: "We are seeing the largest number of cases in our state since the early 1940s."

Wisconsin is reporting 3,022 confirmed and probable cases so far in 2012.

Schuchat says pertussis cases go up and down in waves.  She says if the number of cases continue to grow, "we may be on track for record high pertussis rates this year."  The last time whooping cough rates were climbing in the U.S. was in 2010, when 27,550 cases of pertussis were reported to the CDC.

In addition to high rates of illness among of babies, new data published Thursday in the CDC's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report," shows high rates of whooping cough among 13- to 14-year-old adolescents in Washington. Schuchat says this is something health officials are seeing nationwide as well and is different from previous pertussis outbreaks.

Why this is happening isn't entirely clear.  Schuchat suggests waning of immunity or a weakening of the protection over time might be part of the what's contributing to these teens getting sick.

Health officials acknowledge that vaccines are not perfect, but they do provide the best protection against whooping cough.  So the CDC is emphasizing the importance of young children getting their five pertussis vaccinations, then getting the recommended booster shots between 11 and 12 and that adults who will be around babies also getting vaccinated.

"In 2010, only 8% of adults had any history of receiving a Tdap booster," said Schuchat.

She suggests that clinicians who see patients with a persistent cough consider pertussis as a diagnosis.  Then she says doctors should "be proactive with treatment, especially with pregnant women, infants and others who are around infants."


soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. hical

    there are thousands of poorly informed parents now days that claim that all vaccines are dangerous and therefor won't have their kids vaccinated. I have had a nuclear trained naval officer tell me that injections given directly into veins weaken the immune system ... and I wondered what he thought a skinned knee did with germs. People of all kinds have little ability to analyze or reason anymore.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hierarchy

      You are also poorly informed – outbreaks are NOT associated with unvaccinated persons. "...protective immunity after vaccination wanes after 4-12 years." The Pediatric infectious Disease Journal. A newly published study in the journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that the children most susceptible to recent whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks have been those who had been vaccinated and were aged 8 through 12.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      I agree you are too not informed. If you are were a parent, you would know docs have warned parents your child can still get whooping cough even with the vacinnation. We had two scares and my child was tested for whooping cough because there was someone who had a confirmed case and she expressed the symptoms. She was negative. The strands intensity the vacinnation is not complete resisting the whooping cough.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Why would you think a NUCLEAR trained naval officer would know about immunization? Is he trained in medicine at some point in his nuclear training?

      July 20, 2012 at 15:08 | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      That's the Navy for you.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • BlogMediator

      You are so mis-informed. You need to speak with a parent of a child who has develped severe cognitive impairments or has died as a result of reaction to the thimerosal (mercury containing) ingredient in vaccinations. Yes, I have had a family member, a young girl, 14 yo who DIED because of a vaccination. As naive as you are, I would never hope for such a devastating thing to happen to you.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
    • phoenix39

      I understand people are saying that even if kids are vaccinated that kids may not get whooping cough and in some ways true...in the 60's when I vaccinated whooping cough was low and almost non-existent. Nowadays, immigration and illegal immigration is on the rise and in Arizona we found more cases of chicken pox, whooping cough and measles...this is what was done in America a long time ago....people were checked for diseases – fatal and contagious. The rise of bed bugs has risen in the last 5 years because of immigrant travel which began in the hotels.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • lordshipmayhem

      blogmediator, please get some current information.

      Thimerisol has not been used in children's vaccines since 2001. Its use had been declining for the preceding decade.

      The pertussis vaccine is not 100% perfect – we rely on the concept of "herd immunity" to ensure that those who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition still are protected, and that means we need to maximize the number of people wh ARE immunized. And an Internet campaign of misinformation has resulted in ever-dropping rates of vaccination, which in turn has resulted in the return of diseases many think have been eradicated, and a rise in mortality and morbidity from perfectly preventable diseases.

      July 20, 2012 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • PLZ

      vaccines=joke. uneducated people cling to any hope someone will offer them regarding health...better take our pill, shot or potion or you are going to die....

      July 20, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      BlogMediator: Thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines and has NO side effects. It would NOT have killed a 14 year old child. If anything, the child may have been allergic or had another reaction, which is extremely rare. The risk of a child who catches Whooping cough and dies is much, much higher than any risk from the vaccine. It's ignorance like yours that spreads, causing people to forgo useful vaccines based on evidence found on a blog.

      July 20, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Texas

      hical – just listen to these goofballs. They will try anything to avoid the simple fact that as people have reduced vaccinations for their kids, things like whooping cough outbreaks get more common. We went decades with almost no whooping cough deaths. It wasn't until the autism/vaccination nuts came out – and people believed them – resulting in vaccination decreases which of course brought whooping cough back.
      Otherwise we would have always had these levels of whooping cough.

      July 20, 2012 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      My daughter got pertussis at age 11 and she had all her vaccines–last booster was given at age 5. It was miserable–I think the Chinese call it the "100-day cough" and that's about how long it lasted for her.

      July 20, 2012 at 18:29 | Report abuse |
    • amber

      I am deathly allergic to the vaccine and when I was very young I almost died from it, I was in a coma for 3 weeks. I refuse to let my child get this shot, he has had the first two but that is all he will ever get call me a bad mother if you so chose to but until you walk in my shoes you cant judge every parent who does not give their kids the recommend vaccines. Granted there are many parents out there that just dont really care or have a fear of over vaccinating their children.

      July 20, 2012 at 21:06 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      BlogMediator, the plural of anecdote is not evidence. While some people replied with genuine concerns, you replied with a bunch of anti-science garbage.

      July 20, 2012 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
    • Mama

      I really wish there was a like comment on the responses to you hical...because they are right...you are not well informed.

      July 20, 2012 at 21:29 | Report abuse |
    • mom22

      Yes and this article fails to mention that most of the outbreaks are among the VACCINATED. I feel sorry for people who aren't fully informed of BOTH sides. Yes let's be the test monkeys for the multi-billion dollar companies who could give a rats ass about our children. Let's load them with toxins like aluminum, mercury, and among other toxins. Let's keep fast tracking the vaccines, blindly look the other way, and whole heartedly trust the medical professionals (who most have no clue what is in a vaccine)to inject us into better health. Here's some latest info on vaccines you won't ever find on CNN or other major news reports: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=1FE6404520AA77A877753AA936722510, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/17/pertussis-vaccine-for-whooping-cough-effects.aspx, http://www.naturalnews.com/035466_whooping_cough_vaccines_outbreaks.html This is just a small piece of the vast evidence out there. Do your research.

      July 20, 2012 at 22:47 | Report abuse |
    • mom22

      Oh yes and one more: http://prn.fm/2012/06/26/merck-y-details-merck-scientists-file-suit-merck-false-claims-act/#axzz21DpoTKNq

      July 20, 2012 at 22:59 | Report abuse |
    • XxMacleodxX

      it is called herd immunity ....it only works if all have it

      July 20, 2012 at 23:41 | Report abuse |
    • lame

      OMG
      all the info and the negative spew is 1st posted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      for crying out loud its a simple formula

      we are weak from our food

      our food is inadequate!
      not our bodies

      THE MACHINE MUST DIE

      DEATH TO THE MACHINE AND ALL OF THE THOUGHTLESSNESS THAT FUELS ITS DESIRE

      whooping cough today
      tetanus yesterday
      polio etc etc

      life adjusts
      vaccines do not
      and your bod's system's are the key to good health
      not drugs
      not vaccines
      your body and what feeds it

      stop eating 10% ammonia meat
      stop eating carcinogenic infested foods
      and stop feeding said garbage to your children

      for crying out loud its all there for you to absorb
      learn lean learn

      sarcasm away flame minions
      you know who you are you predators of a lost kingdom alive today but dead eternally

      July 20, 2012 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Hierarchy- If you actually had read the paper you referenced you would know it shows children who are unvaccinated or under vaccinated are twice as likely to be attacked. The conclusion is we need to vaccinate more and work on an even better vaccine.

      July 21, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Mom22- you are endangering people by making misleading statements. Get the vaccine and you are less likely to get whooping cough. I don't know if you are intentially trying to harm people or if it just is because you don't know any better.

      July 21, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
    • Spinning

      The DTaP vaccine isn't very effective. It's 60% effective in REDUCING symptoms. It does NOT prevent one from getting it or spreading it.

      Stop blaming the unvaccinated. Vaccine rates in our country are at an all-time high, and yet pertussis cases are continuing to climb.

      The overwhelming majority of pertussis cases are in fully vaccinated individuals.

      Our country sacrificed effectiveness for safety in the 90s by switching from whole-cell to acellular version. CDC admits that.

      So do some research you sheep!! Stop following the herd & make your OWN medical decisions. A great, unbiased place to start:

      smartvax.com

      July 22, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
  2. Time Bandit

    There are other diseases forming that this country has not seen in decades, it's because illegals are able to waltz in here willy nilly. Who knows what they carry, TB and Menengitis are making a comeback. As people from the Middle East, South America, etc. come here...they bring these diseases. Our gov't does nothing about it, they worry only when a pandemic happens and thousands are killed before they will do something.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hierarchy

      Why don't you ask Native Americans how they feel about Small Pox.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • lilsfgal

      I'm sure the parents refusing to vaccinate their kids (and they're US Born, generally) aren't helping matters.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Portland

      Thank you...you can thank Obummer for this mess....

      July 20, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan in Texas

      Please get your kids vaccinated. If your unvaccinated kid spreads it to my young child (you cannot get the vaccine for many months after birth) and then my kid dies because of it – I will hold you personally accountable. As if you put a gun to their head and killed them. And what do you think should happen to people who kill children?

      July 20, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Uh – there wouldn't be a problem if people were diligent about vaccination. Ranting about people from elsewhere with different skin color just makes you look small and insignificant.

      July 20, 2012 at 20:54 | Report abuse |
  3. Lainey

    It is so sad that babies have to loose their life over irresponsible parents that think vaccines cause autism, so they don't get them vaccinated, and essentially, play russian roulette with their lives. I'm sure when it happens, they suffer with guilt and regret every day, and they should. Pertussis was extremely rare, and now thanks to all the granola parents out there, it is spreading like wild fire. Insurance companies are lobbying for a regulation that will allow them to deny claims when parents choose to refuse vaccinations for their child, so if/when they come down with pertussis, rotavirus,meningitis, etc., the parent has to pay the bill. When they are slapped with a 100K hospital bill, maybe others will think twice about denying protection to their baby/child. Insurance companies should have not pay for someones stupidity, especially when wellness checks and vaccines are 100% covered.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hierarchy

      Please do some research – MOST individuals infected have been vaccinated

      July 20, 2012 at 14:56 | Report abuse |
    • BlogMediator

      Lainy – You need to speak with a parent of a child who has develped severe cognitive impairments or has died as a result of reaction to the thimerosal (mercury containing) ingredient in vaccinations. Yes, I have had a family member, a young girl, 14 yo who DIED because of a vaccination. As naive as you are, I would never hope for such a devastating thing to happen to you.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • Vax

      We've spent $60 so far after our child had a reaction to his vaccine..then one to his antibiotic...should I send the bill to the vaccine manufacturer? Do some research before you throw around what "insurance companies" really care about

      July 20, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • KayJay

      These vaccinations can be harmful. My son had a seizure after receiving his 15 month DPT shot. The doctor told me not to get any further DPT vaccinations for him or it could be fatal.

      July 20, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "Lainy – You need to speak with a parent of a child who has develped severe cognitive impairments or has died as a result of reaction to the thimerosal"

      Not possible – there aren't any.

      July 20, 2012 at 20:54 | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      My daughter got pertussis at age 11 in the summer of 2010 and she had ALL her vaccines–we didn't miss a single one on the schedule. Her last booster shot was given at age 5.

      July 20, 2012 at 21:59 | Report abuse |
    • lame

      vaccines are inadequate despite your claims that these intelligent parents that just jumped your boa,t which is heading into oblivion, are swimming to nowhere

      fact is vaccines are harmful to the liver and other "filter(s)" of the body
      and
      this is the real reason

      vaccines are not dynamic

      neither are the synthetic pestacides who's actual mass usage flat out disregard the entire system of balance that is healthy bacteria, the structure of species like pests and who eats whom, adjust themselves

      get a chess board and learn some tactics you checker's player

      because you are heading for a mass checkmate by this entire system of war mongers, greediest if greed's, and now neighbor's who are weathering this storm of stupidity while your children's DNA are being corrupted beyond repair thanks to grandaddy's heart felt desire to be right despite the facts

      ohh so behind the curve you many are become

      July 21, 2012 at 00:12 | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Hierarchy- the vaccine is not 100% effective ( we need a better vaccine) but you are less likely to be infected if you do get the vaccine.

      July 21, 2012 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
  4. Germanicus

    I had whooping cough back in college. It was was terrible. I would cough and cough until there was no air left in my lungs but my diaphragm would continue to spasm until I passed out. I remember coughing until I was spitting out blood and vomiting.
    Get the vaccination people! You don't want to experience this.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel

      I got it too, when I was about 10–and I HAD been vaccinated. It sucks though I agree with you on that.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  5. lilsfgal

    I had whooping cough in 8th grade. It was HORRID. I coughed until I vomitted. I dropped a bunch of weight and went to 3 doctors who were convinced it was "Just a cold" finally the 4th heard me cough and was like "whooping cough." and I was treated. No one should go through this let alone small children.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Vaccine Poison

    I'm sorry Looney, I mean Lainey, I don't see anywhere in the article where it states that all or most of the kids who come down with pertussis are not vaccinated. In fact, the opposite is true. What they won't tell you is that most of the children who contract pertussis have in fact been vaccinated for it. Disease rates for so-called "preventable" diseases are much higher among the vaccinated population than the un-vaccinated population, but you will NEVER see a true double-blind study proving that becasue they don't want you to know the truth – vaccines cause sickness, unhealthiness, disease, autism spectrum disorders and keeps the drug companies who make the vaccines rich.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hierarchy

      Thank you for being one of the only critically thinking people on here.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      Morons like you are the reason we are having this outbreak.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      There are scores and scores of double blind studies showing effectiveness of vaccines. How on earth do you think they get FDA approval?

      July 20, 2012 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • Idiots

      Critical thinking? Critical thinking does not mean one can discount scientific evidence. The scientific method encourages critical thinking, and the scientific method has continued to strongly support the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations. If you are going to make such stupid claims, please point to some scientific research supporting it. Otherwise, your so-called "critical thinking" is just pulling stupidity out of your own posterior. Yeesh.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
    • herfules

      You are completely wrong. And one other thing, some people do contract the disease after having been vaccinated, but those who do, have a much much milder case than someone who isn't vaccinated.

      You people who think vaccines are bad are basing your positions on fear and mistrust, not science. Get a book on critical thinking.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:30 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      It is more likely that those who have Whooping cough are vaccinated because the vast majority of people already have had the vaccine. That does not mean those who have been vaccinated are more susceptible to getting whooping cough: quite the contrary. It means there is simply more of them vaccinated. I am sure if you did the science, a higher percentage of children not getting the vaccine and coming in contact with whooping cough are more likely to contract the disease.

      July 20, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • renni10

      Ditto! And a pregnant woman should NEVER get a vaccine of any kind if you care about your unborn child's health.

      July 20, 2012 at 19:30 | Report abuse |
    • bella11

      Did you come from the Dark ages? Your brain is poisoned!

      July 20, 2012 at 21:40 | Report abuse |
    • bella11

      By the way, whooping cough vaccine, NEVER, EVER had any contact with the bacteria causing this disease!!!! This is a "synthetic" vaccine that teaches the immune system to recognize bacteria without ANY contact with bacterias. It is IMPOSSIBLE go develop a disease after this vaccine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 20, 2012 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Bella, it doesn't matter what you say they will continue to believe what they want because they are afraid of modern science...

      July 20, 2012 at 22:45 | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick Portland

    Keep letting those illegals flow across the border unchecked Obama & don't deport them when they do...if you're not killing us with lack of jobs, you'll literally kill us off in other ways. You've got to go....

    July 20, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Informed

      Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his first term than GW Bush did in his entire eight years. But go ahead and continue ignoring the facts if that makes you feel better.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • JoePub

      What are you talking about? I am no fan of Obama, but let's get grounded into reality for a moment. Deportations are actually up since Obama has been in office. Also, people are leaving the US because the economy is rotten here. Mexico is actually in a better position economically than the US at this point. People are leaving because there are no jobs here. It is no longer worth the hassle to work in the US. Hell, I am even considering moving to Mexico and I'm a white guy.

      July 20, 2012 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
    • grumpy

      Patrick doesn't care about Obama's deportation record. He doesn't understand these things anyway. He's just heard that Obama is bad so that's all he needs to know.

      Let's tell him about Obama's economy as opposed to Bush's economy... I bet he short-circuits. ;-)

      July 20, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • Stressy Jessy

      also, immigration at our southern border has been at net zero for a few months. not to mention, the fact that our borders are relatively open and you can visit with relative ease...you think THEY don't bring diseases? right.

      July 20, 2012 at 20:30 | Report abuse |
    • larry5

      Since we elected Obama the rate of people that cross the border and go directly into the welfare system collecting benefits and getting an EBT card has gone way up. Also the incidence of disease that needs expensive hospital treatment is going way up, too. Some of the imported versions of bugs we eradicated a long time ago are now drug resistant and cost a lot to deal with.

      July 21, 2012 at 08:27 | Report abuse |
  8. Shelly

    We can thank all the idiot parents that don't immunize their kids, based on some false info about immunizations. Congrats on your stupidity.

    July 20, 2012 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SNC1215vt

      ... Except they are reporting that the MAJORITY of cases are in children that HAVE been vaccinated. So, I guess we can point the finger at those parents instead, by your reasoning?

      July 20, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      Do you research. Most of the victims are fully immunized. The vaccine is a failure. Blame the drug companies, not your neighbors who DID do their research.

      July 20, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
    • Stressy Jessy

      angela, if it is such a failure, then why have the infection rates been going down since vaccinations have been popular? of course with the last couple of years in spikes excluded, which can be explained with the fact that immunity wanes and you need boosters periodically. they still mostly work for the majority of people who get them.

      July 20, 2012 at 20:35 | Report abuse |
    • Daveo

      The issue isn't the vaccine is a failure but that we're dropping below the levels of protection for Herd Immunity, so that people who are susceptible are getting the disease. It's a triumph for dark age thinking.

      July 20, 2012 at 23:17 | Report abuse |
  9. Liz in Seattle

    A question. If it takes a series of shots for children to achieve full immunity (or as close to full immunity as we can get), does one booster shot do the trick in an adult? Or would we need to go through a series as well? I was asked today by a pregnant friend to get vaccinated in order to meet her baby next month, so I'd like to comply. there have been over 2000 cases of whooping cough in our county this year.

    July 20, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • herfules

      One TDAP shot is enough for an adult booster. But always ask these questions of your doctor, not the internet. :)

      July 20, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • Ledgem

      Booster implies that you've already received the full round of vaccinations previously. It's used to "refresh" the immune system's defense against the disease. If you've never been vaccinated you'll need the full set if vaccines (although the number of shots required may differ between adults and children).

      I am an immunologist and physician in training. Please see your doctor about getting vaccinated and/or receiving boosters for vaccines you've received previously.

      July 20, 2012 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    More benefits of 'ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!" Put that on the list!

    July 20, 2012 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. OPEN400

    If you have 41 million people without access to healthcare doesn't this threaten the nation as whole? Does national helathcare defend the nation?

    July 20, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chloe

    I believe many factors lead to this. one of them will be over population fro sure. fat loss factor

    July 20, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. PLZ

    its Herd Mentality, not Herd Immunity...all the sheep run out and get your shots because 'everyone' is getting them because they are told to. Simple minded people (the herd) panic when an impostor tells them they must take action or face illness or death. Think for yourselves, do some real research and digging and not rely on 'evidence' (studies funded by mulit-billion dollar, for-profit) pharmaceutical companies publish.

    July 20, 2012 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stressy Jessy

      you mean that the horrible disease called polio is all in our minds and the fact that it is practically non existent here in the US where we vaccinated everyone who would sit still long enough? are you saying that polio was so very prevalent, and also not a valid threat? my aunt contracted polio as a child, and survived. no iron lung, unlike the little girl that lived next door to her. she is still kicking, at least figuratively, considering she barely has leg muscles and intense pain from the PPS. yeah. right. vaccines are all a conspiracy to get us to be GASP not dead!

      July 20, 2012 at 20:38 | Report abuse |
  14. edofmtl

    Isn't this odd? Like something from a third world country or something. GENI INDEX The USA is on par with Mexico and The Philippines in income disparity.

    July 20, 2012 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. geneticroadkill

    Yes, it IS something from a third world country.

    My country, America, is fast becoming a third world country, thanks to the illegals and others from Mexico, Central America, and Asia (India & Pakistan, to name two) who are allowed to drain our resources and infect our masses; they get a free pass and more perks than American-born citizens.

    The US is open for every non-American to pillage Her without recourse. And yes, I meant to capitalize the "H" in Her.

    Americans have allowed our politicians to ignore what is right and good for America. We pretend we don't see or, if we are in denial, we really don't see. Governor Jerry Brown of California is one example of a true non-American. Was he born here? Yes. Does he fight for true Americans? No, he doesn't. He fights for illegals, mainly Mexicans, since they scream the loudest. We've allowed others to tell us what it means to be American.

    JoePub, you must not live in Southern California. I have an hour commute each way due to mainly illegals clogging the freeways, going 45 MPH in a 65 zone. They fight to get to the fast lanes to cruise and talk on their hand held phones. If you get into a car accident with them, they receive no penalty when they don't have auto insurance; it's too bad for you and your wallet. The law does nothing. I had a two hour wait at the DMV (even with an appt.) due to the Mexicans who receive driver's licenses even when they can't show proof of birth and the masses hankering for the benefits only California seems to afford. I'm the only soul with light hair in the whole place. Grocery stores have signs in Spanish for Mexicans to welcome them. All Mexicans in SoCal speak Spanish; they don't need to learn English and don't care to. Even the ingredients and directions on purchased goods are in Spanish now. You don't have the 100 cable stations in Spanish from DISH or Verizon Fios??? You haven't seen the ads on buses and now on television in Espanol? California is bankrupt because of illegals. You won't get it until it arrives in a town near you...........................................

    July 20, 2012 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stressy Jessy

      your tinfoil hat seems to be on a little too tight

      July 20, 2012 at 20:40 | Report abuse |
  16. Jason

    I find it interesting that nobody in these pertussis articles or comment sections discuss the multiple other factors that could be contributing to the increase pertussis cases. Three of the main ones are: 1) B. Pertussis has a known cycle of infection over a multi-year period and we may be in the peak of that cycle. 2) Due to current vaccination schedules and recommendations new strains of pertussis have identified globally and are not being protected against in vaccinated populations (Just like the flu shot – it only protects for certain strains). 3) As a whole we as a people are already sick. We have compromised immune systems and constantly weaken our natural defenses with food that is bad for us and constantly poison ourselves with toxins in our environment.

    We need to take one little step back and evaluate if there are other possible causes to these "epidemics" that are not being addressed and stop pointing fingers so rapidly.

    July 20, 2012 at 18:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      I think you hit the nail on the head exactly. Its a non-scientific article on a scientific topic. Who's to say the author even knew what they were talking about or understood what they were writing. Its a scientific matter dumbed down for a non-scientific publishing.

      July 20, 2012 at 23:01 | Report abuse |
  17. CTH

    The debate is simple.....Look at infection rates of polio, small pox, pertussis and other diseases throughout history; pre vaccine era vs. post vaccine era. You can't argue with the hard fact that prior to vaccines, people lived in fear of polio, small pox, pertussis and other diseases that used to kill or cripple people en masse. Ask your great grandparents about kids in their community coming down with polio and other diseases and how parents lived in fear of it. Ask them if they think vaccines are a good thing or not. While your at it, look at disease rates in impoverished countries that don't have access to vaccinations and compare that to the US. Hard to argue with statistical facts.

    July 20, 2012 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angela

      INCORRECT. All of those diseases were waning naturally before vaccines became available. http://www.vaclib.org/intro/present/index2.htm

      July 20, 2012 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
    • Stressy Jessy

      yeah... waning...in such a strong decrease that just so happened to coincide with vaccinations being invented. i see it too.

      July 20, 2012 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Jessy, vaccines don't work because I say they don't. My opinions bassed on no scientific evidence are clearly correct, and everyone who believe otherwise are idiots.

      July 20, 2012 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
  18. kATHRYN HARLAN

    Want to bet that most of these kids are from illegal immigrants!! Uneducated and uninformed parents that have CHOOSEN NOT TO PAY to vaccinate their kids !! All I can say is no Amrerican parent should ever alllow their kid in a public school system that does not require this vaccine!! Screw the ACLU and the over current over accomodating federal government. thet do not give a rats ass about your child being exposed to this danger!

    July 20, 2012 at 19:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Angela

      Do your research. Most of the "victims" are fully immunized. The vaccine does NOT WORK!

      July 20, 2012 at 19:35 | Report abuse |
  19. Angela

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!! The vast majority of victims are fully immunized. Clearly, the vaccine does NOT WORK. So, telling people to run out and get yet another shot of chemicals (vaccines kill people all the time) is just the government pushing profits for the drug companies...on something that not only can maim and kill but that also DOES NOT WORK. Ridiculous.

    July 20, 2012 at 19:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      The problem is not that the vaccine doesn't work, its that the CDC didn't tell people they needed boosters for whooping cough after their teenage shots. Its a whole other problem entirely.

      July 20, 2012 at 22:58 | Report abuse |
  20. CTH

    The polio vaccine was introduced in 1955. Prior to that the incident rate was 1 in 9,600 people. Scary. By 1979 Polio was erradicated in the US due to vaccinations. Stating that vaccinations are simply some vast govt. conspiracy to push profits for drug companies is idiotic.

    July 20, 2012 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • larry5

      Polio is making a comeback via illegal immigration. The new bug is stronger and might just be resistant to current treatments.

      July 21, 2012 at 08:19 | Report abuse |
  21. NameRankSerno

    This is what happens when you let 3rd world immigrants who do not have their shots in by the truckload.

    July 20, 2012 at 20:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Basil

    Man invades more into the known unknown to get the unknown know...

    July 20, 2012 at 20:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. NEuRoN

    CTH is on the money. I also find it immensely humorous when you anti-vac'ers and alt-med'ers try and hijack terms like 'skeptic' or 'critical thinker' for yourself when you are so blinkered by your own nonsense that you in fact close off your truly critical thinking and skeptical minds to empirical data and evidence. No you go along with anecdotal evidence, interwbz blogs, web-sites like Naturalnews or At-med (where the words 'peer review' are missing from the vocab) instead because reality doesn't fit your little zeitgeist. Grow up people! Your nonsense costs lives. You can kid yourself all you want but it's the truth

    July 20, 2012 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Allen DeLaney

    Spare me the hysteria over vaccines. Please just check the rate of occurrence of these vaccine preventable diseases with the frequency with which state regulations allow parents to avoid vaccination for their children and allow them to attend public school... I believe that WA, which has the largest number of unvaccinated kids in public school, also has the largest number of cases of pertussus.

    I suggest that those parents who want to avoid all vaccination for themselves and their children also sign a release absolving their state of all responsibility for the health care costs of diseases they incur as a result.

    We, as a nation have already assigned state and vaccine manufacturers with financial responsibiity for vaccine complications. That responsibility has become so onerous that development of new and safer vaccines has largely stopped within the USA.

    July 20, 2012 at 21:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. bella11

    Those who don't vaccinate their children will be excluded from a gene pool when their children die, Darwin at work! Stupidity will be eliminated.

    July 20, 2012 at 21:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Blah

    Looks like the average reader failed miserably in science class. "Doing research on the internet" but ignoring research from reputable sources such as CDC, or *gasp* your own research in reputable journals means you are an amazing winner!

    The challenge is if you kill your own children due to your ignorance, that is fine, what is terrible is how you will harm others.

    In the near future you will have to keep your newborn child locked inside until he is old enough to obtain a vaccine, so your neighborhood idiot doesn't kill him or her.

    July 20, 2012 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. jim

    gay 0bama the anti-Christ and gay Bush the False Prophet.

    Times up gay 0bama July 2012..

    "The Beast"-->gay 0bama....

    "Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast [see Emperor], and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain." (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    42 months-->Times up in July 2012

    July 21, 2012 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. lame

    chime in

    how many are aware that the majority OUR ground beef is filled with 10% ammonia??

    and is banned to sell in many places outside US?

    vaccines are not dynamic
    the scientific studies "approving" all this junk is one dimensional

    our bodies are the best defense
    but
    we keep putting 87 octane in our jet engines
    because someone told us its the right thing to do

    boring
    I am bored with this song and dance much longer

    read again
    vaccines are dumb

    multi-generational viruses are not dumb

    the masses are dumb

    multi generational crazy rich families are not dumb

    need more?

    no you dont

    stroke away

    say nothing

    wont matter

    your dna
    your childrens dna
    downgrades now

    thanks to believing your doctor and this machine
    your grandchildren wont care why you never tried

    but this is still a lie
    go to sleep

    July 21, 2012 at 00:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Jane

    My child had a severe allergic reaction to the multiple vaccines given at 6 months. Never had any issues with any vaccines before that. It was a complete surprise. Fortunately, he survived. Doctors advise no more vaccines, ever, since the vaccines were all "combos" – the doctors cannot be sure which one caused the reaction. Yes, allergic reactions and death from vaccines are rare, but when they happen, you have, yet another "preventable" death.

    July 21, 2012 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Amy

    I'm so tired of the vaccination debate. And I'm so tired of people that claim vaccines do more harm than good. Our food supply is less natural and more chemical-laden than it was a few generations ago. Our air quality is abominable, our exposure to carcinogens is off the charts, gun violence is rampant and our planet is overheating, yet people worry about vaccines? Do parents realize these diseases are fatal? Do they realize the reason mothers don't routinely lose babies in our time is because these diseases were on the brink of extinction in the West? And why do you think that is? Because the previous generations vaccinated! I'm the "greenest" parent I know, but I'm not stupid. And it peeves me that I do my part for my kids (and society as a whole) and some don't do their's, so we all suffer. Foolish.

    July 21, 2012 at 00:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • larry5

      And don't forget the open border with Mexico and all the new diseases arriving every day. These once eradicated bugs are coming back in drug resistant forms. And we're getting a few brand new ones, too.

      July 21, 2012 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
  31. Jane

    I was doing my part for "society as a whole" and my child almost died. Are you saying your children deserve to live more than mine?

    July 21, 2012 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Amy

    Hey, I empathize for what happened to your child, but, I'm sorry, that's a ridiculous question. If my kid is injured by a seatbelt, am I to propose we abolish seat belts? And if I were to make the choice not to buckle up, it wouldn't affect you and yours. Your choice not to vaccinate DOES affect the rest of us.

    July 21, 2012 at 01:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. larry5

    With an open border in the south and government sanctioned illegal immigration we're seeing a lot of once eradicated diseases coming back and some of these are now drug resistant, that is no realistic treatment available. This rise in disease is okay because we must remember to be nice.

    July 21, 2012 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Aworkzone

    well cough case have been increased unbelievably in the last decade.

    Aworkzone

    July 21, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Dr Doug Jenkinson

    I am sure that increased awareness has contributed to the apparent rise. I have studied whooping cough in my medical practice for 37 years, and for the last 15 years I have seen a lot, mainly in teenagers and adults. The vast majority have gone undiagnosed because doctors have believed adults do not get it. I also get emails from people who know they have whooping cough but cannot get their doctor to believe them. The number of emails of this sort has not changed in 10 years. The sound of the child coughing in the blog above is from my website, which has been helping people to diagnose themselves, as their doctor probably won't. Happily, doctors are becoming more aware now, but a consequence is a rise in cases recognised. At the same time, I know we are currently at the height of one of the 4-5 yearly cycles of increased incidence that is characteristic of whooping cough. This increase is also affecting England and Australia (whoopingcough.net).

    July 23, 2012 at 02:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Lisa22

    To vaccinate or not........? This has been an internal debate for me since I had my son 18 months ago. When I hear of young babies dying of whopping cough it devastates me. However , after many sleepless nights and thousands hours of research I hav decided against certain shots dtap being one of them. It's not just autism people!! However if you talk with most that have a child with autism they WILL say they changed after the shots.... Vaccines aren't the problem I is the way they are made! Why would I knowingly put aluminum and fomoldehyde in my child's body??? Not to mention that these controversial ingredients have been linked to many auto immune diseases like ulcerative colitis, crohns, diabetes, etc.... It makes you wonder why so many children suffer from so many behavior problems and allergies??? I'm not as naive to think it is all vaccines but what if it is a perfect storm of things??? I will never be fully comfortable in my decision of selective vaccination but until they come out with vaccines that don't contain harmful chemicals I will not be getting them

    July 24, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Mary

    The reason why there is an increase in tweens & teens isn't because they haven't been vaccinated. It's because the vaccine was changed in the the 1980's to a weaker dose. Instead of one vaccinne at infancy it now takes 3-4 and it doesn't protect them as long. This is an interesting link from Newsweek about this. If the link doesn't work you can just go to Newsweek and key in pertussis in the search box and it will bring it up.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/29/whooping-cough-is-coming-back.html

    August 6, 2012 at 18:59 | Report abuse | Reply
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