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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 (691 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Thanks Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey for encouraging people to not get their children vaccinated.

    July 19, 2012 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • earthshoes44

      The grand majority of those coming down with whooping cough had the shot. The current vaccine isn't working against the newer more aggressive variety of pertussis.

      http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5466/new-strain-blamed-whooping-cough-epidemic

      July 19, 2012 at 23:01 | Report abuse |
    • CaptainMorgan

      Who didn't see this diptheria epidemic coming as vaccination rates dropped? The CDC saw it, but they couldn't do much about it. So fine, it's America. Let the morons avoid vaccinating, and get hit with diseases that were almost eradicated 20 years ago. The Russians had a similar experience with widespread resistance to vaccination, and also had huge diptheria epidemics. Not news. Ironically, as vaccination rates have dropped, autism rates continue to go up. Strange. I thought Jenny and her mystical morons claimed the vaccination was causing autism. So stopping vaccinations has created no benefits, and introduced new risks. Good job brain dead anti-vaccinators.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:39 | Report abuse |
    • Flamespeak

      Captain Morgan

      As previously stated, this is a more aggressive strain of the virus and vaccinations would not prevent it from being caught. I have to wonder if this strain would have even existed if vaccinations weren't so common place and the virus didn't have to get stronger or die out as a result.

      July 20, 2012 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
    • Captain Morgan

      You mean bacteria? The interesting thing about vaccines is that new strains of bacteria don't usually evade vaccination, since their surface markers are usually unchanged. Vaccines don't put evolutionary pressure on bacteria for reasons that are outside this discussion. Contrast this with antibiotics, which bacteria CAN overcome by mutation or gene transfer from resistant organisms. So yeah, the "new stronger strain" hypothesis is baloney. I'm a cell biologist (seriously), unlike the writers at cosmos magazine, so if there are any serious hypotheses other than lack of vaccination, I have yet to hear them.

      July 20, 2012 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
    • carl

      "earthshoes44"
      "The grand majority of those coming down with whooping cough had the shot."

      That doesn't mean what you think it means. The base rate of vaccination is around 90%. Among those being infected, it is only 80% in many areas.

      Because the pertussis vaccine like many others is not 100% perfect, there are always people at risk among the vaccinated population, even without any special new strain. Simply having a majority of those infected having been vaccinated is not mathematical evidence that the vaccine is unusually ineffective.

      July 20, 2012 at 02:18 | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      >As previously stated, this is a more aggressive strain of the virus and vaccinations
      >would not prevent it from being caught. I have to wonder if this strain would have
      >even existed if vaccinations weren't so common place and the virus didn't have
      >to get stronger or die out as a result.

      No, you don't have to wonder. Instead you can educate yourself on how vaccinations actually work. Then you would know that the 'more aggressive strain' comments are complete and total nonsense.

      July 20, 2012 at 02:35 | Report abuse |
    • Leif

      You all seem to forget that vaccination is not a means for preventing an individual from catching a disease. It's primary purpose is the prevention of the spreading of disease from one individual to another. When a parent removes their child from vaccination, they are increasing the risk of infection to others.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:52 | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Good call-out, my friend. They're just ignorant, dangerous fools for proselytizing on about that nonsense. Shame on them.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:52 | Report abuse |
    • sharoom

      "The grand majority of those coming down with whooping cough had the shot. The current vaccine isn't working against the newer more aggressive variety of pertussis."

      Lack of vaccinations could still have contributed to this outbreak. If you don't have good vaccination coverage it allows more chances for the bacterium to evolve resistance to the vaccine. It's the same reason you should always finish your prescription regiment for antibiotics even if you start feeling better. Any latent population of bugs in your system (and the general population) could develop resistance.

      July 20, 2012 at 04:03 | Report abuse |
    • Flamespeak

      @Leif

      A vaccine is intended to keep you from getting a disease. That is the whole point of the vaccine. It exposes your body to a weakened or dead version of a virus or bacteria so that your immune system can recognize it and destroy it should the live form of the virus or bacteria invade your body.

      July 20, 2012 at 04:42 | Report abuse |
    • Flamespeak

      @Sharoom

      Not true, a bacteria naturally adapts to means of its eradication over time. The longer you fight it with typical techniques the less effective those techniques become later on. An update to the whooping cough vaccine would eliminate the liklihood of future generations getting THIS particular strain of the disease until it adapts again.

      July 20, 2012 at 04:44 | Report abuse |
    • Flamespeak

      @Captain Morgan

      I don't know enough about vaccines to be able to say if they put any kind of strain on a disease to cause it to adapt, however, I do know enough about the current misuse of anti-bacterial products and anti-biotics on a large scale in the US that such changes to bacteria was bound to occur naturally.

      July 20, 2012 at 04:50 | Report abuse |
    • ronnniereagan

      This isn't about vaccines, this is about 3rd world *illegal* immigration. LBJ and BHO have destroyed this country. The hebrews have it right. They're rounding up 3rd world illegal immigrants and sending them back to their homelands.

      July 20, 2012 at 05:04 | Report abuse |
    • East Coast

      Mike, what a profound and awesome statement. Jenny McCarthy, whose son doesn't even HAVE autism, profited off of her scare tactic book based on false and discredited science. She should be sued and blacklisted for the children who have died because of her alone, let alone the other vaccination nuts who caused this false alarm. Notice she's not out there going on about not getting kids vaccinated anymore. Since she's getting old, she needs to keep up the plastic surgery to remain fake and relevant. Hollywood trash spewing their lies. Oh and yes, I'm bitter about her.

      July 20, 2012 at 05:54 | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      agree completely

      July 20, 2012 at 07:29 | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Ummm no... Jenny McCarhty didn't say not to vaccinate your kids she recommends to follow a different vaccine schedule. Do some research before you post.

      July 20, 2012 at 08:14 | Report abuse |
    • Dr. scam a minute

      Thanks earthshoes44 for helping to broaden our knowledge before during or after jumping to a hasty conclusion.

      July 20, 2012 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
  2. Horace

    Throw all the anti-vaxers in jail. There is not reason to tolerate their lunacy when babies are dying.

    July 19, 2012 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • earthshoes44

      The current vaccine isn't working against the newer more aggressive variety of pertussis. The fact of the matter is–this one can't be blamed on parents who choose not to vaccinate.

      http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5466/new-strain-blamed-whooping-cough-epidemic

      July 19, 2012 at 23:03 | Report abuse |
    • Chan

      ..Idiots like you... I guess someone missed the whole Merc debacle recently?! Not to mention the others going down right now. They were right the entire time. Listen its not an issue; the vaccines are good things. The ones they are handing out are not...
      And Dr's selling out like lawyers, judges and Politicians isn't helping any...
      Its been proven the cough was caused by vaccines...Its ridiculous to ignore it; yet media refuses to cover it.

      Bill gates paralyzing 40,000 people dint help any; neither does his releasing GM mosquitoes to force it on people...

      July 19, 2012 at 23:20 | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      At least it's a case where the idiots will prune their own genes from future generations.

      July 20, 2012 at 02:36 | Report abuse |
    • Star

      That would mean putting 92% of the adult population in jail since it's estimated that only 8% of the adult population get the booster. "In 2010, only 8% of adults had any history of receiving a Tdap booster," said Schuchat. Also, many adults have never had the original vaccine since it wasn't around when they were kids. What frightens me is parents who let their infant babies be passed around from person to person. Keep your infants (especially in the first year) close to you, and out of the hands of well-meaning congratulators and helpers, and out of crowded public places.

      July 20, 2012 at 07:55 | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Wow, as a species we've been here for tens of thousands of years, suddenly we need to be vaccinated... My children aren't vaccinated and they still manage to give me fits when they don't listen to me. Let's not forget, doctors also recommend opoids for return business... Fear monger, fear monger, fear monger...

    July 19, 2012 at 22:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michelle

      You mean tens of thousands of years of the average lifespan being about 30 yrs old? You mean as recent as a century or two ago, a high infant and toddler mortality rate that was drastically reduced as vaccines were being discovered? Do go on...

      July 19, 2012 at 22:36 | Report abuse |
    • grumpypup13@gmail.com

      Well, Mike, it's a good thing most of humanity is smarter than that. Just as well you don't vaccinate your kids... why prolong the inevitable?

      July 19, 2012 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
    • g2-554d155ee0aaa518e03a7e70d9cd6b0b

      Are you aware of the child motrality rate over those tens of thousands of years? There is a reason many religions encourage people to have lots of kids- because most of them died before adulthood.

      July 19, 2012 at 22:48 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Oh please our fourth President lived to be 91. We didn't have a whooping cough vaccine then... If the disease is spread through coughing, wear a mask... It's kind of like when the Poop I mean pope tells people birth control is not necessary. Wearing a rubber will take care of most STD's and prevent pregnancy. But their church owned hospitals are more than willing to give out medications to prevent pregnancy or herpies or AIDS... I never was one to listen to people with an agenda...

      July 19, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
    • Byzantine Ruins

      Yah, ever walk in a cemetery from the 1800s where there are 4-6 kids in one grave, all from the same family? I grew up by one and there were MANY such graves. Or the way they didn't used to name children until they were several years old in many cultures since they were probably going to die anyway, why get attached? Are you seriously so ignorant as to not know this stuff but you still have a vehement opinion on the subject? Great, 5000 years of civilization so you can be more ignorant than a preagricultural nomad.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah, life was so much more fun before vaccines. You had the choice between smallpox, rabies, tetanus, diphteria, polio, and many other diseases to kill or disable you for life. The choice of disease now we have vaccines is so much narrower.

      I have helped a vet euthanize a dog in the last stages of tetanus.The symptoms were horrific. I would never wish that on any dog, and certainly not on a child.

      You decide what risks you put your children in but they will live (or die) with the consequences of your choices.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:03 | Report abuse |
    • Byzantine Ruins

      Mike, learn something about the demographics and don't just cite some random individual who lived to a venerable age. Average lifespan was 30+ from birth, or 60+ if you lived to 13. You're talking about half the population or more dying before they reach puberty. Bat-winged beasts didn't carry them away, they died of childhood disease.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:05 | Report abuse |
    • Wonder Woman

      And now kids of parents like you are getting OUR kids, MY kids, sick with something that was almost eradicated. And you feel good about that? Putting every other child your child comes in contact with? And you're Proud of yourself.

      YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! i HAVE AN IDEA. LET'S NOT VACCINATE FOR POLIO AGAIN. that WOULD BE FUN FOR ALL THE KIDS! YEE HAA! Maybe some of them will die and then you will feel even better about yourself.

      ILLITERATE MORON!! YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

      July 19, 2012 at 23:08 | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      No offense, Mike, but you are dumb as a rock. "Hey, one person 200 years ago lived to be 91, therefore vaccinations are unnecessary." Do you have any idea what the AVERAGE life expectancy was? Nah, you'd rather look at the one in a thousand exception, since it reinforces your beliefs. Beliefs based on nothing more than stubborness and wishful thinking.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:09 | Report abuse |
    • Bob 99

      YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

      July 19, 2012 at 23:19 | Report abuse |
    • j

      wow this is quite entertaining

      July 19, 2012 at 23:20 | Report abuse |
    • earthshoes44

      I love it when people begin to talk about our improved lifespans as though vaccinations are the reason for it. People are living longer because of improved living conditions, better nutrition, and better access to health care (and this includes dental care). It's easier to stay warm during the winter and cool during the summer. We can buy vegetables and fruits year-round. We take better care of our teeth. Women get better prenatal care and don't typically start having children until their twenties. We chlorinate our drinking water and know to avoid bathing in the same bodies of water our sewage empties into.

      Vaccines helped–sort of–but they were not the panacea that many people make them out to be. Yes, they were a huge help with diseases such as small pox, but learning to spot cases and isolating them to prevent the spread helped just as much. By the time the vaccine for polio was discovered, we'd already worked out what was causing it (in brief–water containing fecal matter). So while the vaccine was a good idea–it had a lot of help. The diphtheria vaccine and better living conditions combined to work to prevent the spread of the disease (diphtheria is far more common in unsanitary conditions and in undernourished populations than it is in western countries and vaccines are only marginally responsible for this).

      Many of those families with multiple grave stones in the grave yard lost those children to virulent strains of influenza–strains that eventually ran their course and faded. Cholera was another major killer and we don't have a vaccination for that–we simply discovered that it too was caused by contact with "dirty" water. Third world countries continue to be plagued by this.
      TB killed many people as well–and we don't have a vaccination for that either.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Human mortality rates improved largely due to sanitation and sanitary practices. It wasn't that long ago that some doctors were ostracized for suggesting that washing hands should be mandatory.

      "And now kids of parents like you are getting OUR kids, MY kids, sick with something that was almost eradicated."

      You vaccinate your kids so your kids will fend off XYZ. But an unvaccinated kid immediately renders that process worthless so your kids contract XYZ. lol@amurrika.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:32 | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      "Semmelweis discovered that cases of puerperal fever, a form of septicaemia also known as childbed fever, could be cut drastically if doctors washed their hands in a chlorine solution before gynaecological examinations.

      While employed as assistant to the professor of the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria in 1847, Semmelweis introduced hand washing with chlorinated lime solutions for interns who had performed autopsies. This immediately reduced the incidence of fatal puerperal fever from about 10 percent (range 5–30 percent) to about 1–2 percent. At the time, diseases were attributed to many different and unrelated causes. Each case was considered unique, just as a human person is unique. Semmelweis's hypothesis, that there was only one cause, that all that mattered was cleanliness, was extreme at the time, and was largely ignored, rejected or ridiculed. He was dismissed from the hospital for political reasons and harassed by the medical community in Vienna, being eventually forced to move to Pest.

      Semmelweis was outraged by the indifference of the medical profession and began writing open and increasingly angry letters to prominent European obstetricians, at times denouncing them as irresponsible murderers. His contemporaries, including his wife, believed he was losing his mind, and in 1865 he was committed to an asylum. In an ironic twist of fate, he died there of septicaemia only 14 days later, possibly from the result of being severely beaten by guards. Semmelweis's practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur developed the germ theory of disease, offering a theoretical explanation for Semmelweis's findings. He is considered a pioneer of antiseptic procedures."

      And many were STILL resistant to the idea well after the establishment and acceptance of the fact. So there were doctors, assistants, etc going to the bathroom, handling corpses, seeing to the deathly ill, all the while not washing their hands – then go on to contaminate others including birthing mothers.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      I have shortened this article, and the reference is at the end. Polio:  Before polio vaccine was available, the U.S. had 50,000 polio cases a year, including 13,000 to 20,000 cases of paralytic polio. These epidemics left thousands of victims ...– permanently in braces, crutches, wheelchairs, and with iron lungs. Immunization has eliminated the disease in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere… .
      Measles: Over 90 percent who are not vaccinated will get measles if exposed.  In the U.S.  before 1963, more than three million cases of measles and 500 deaths occurred yearly.  Widespread vaccine has reduced measles incidence from 894,134 cases in 1941 to 44 cases in 2002.
      Pertussis:  (whooping cough) can be severe, resulting in prolonged coughing spells that can last for weeks or even months.  In children, the disease often leads to vomiting and can interfere with efforts to eat, drink, and breathe; children often suffer dehydration and lost weight, and infants are prone to pneumonia, brain damage, seizures, and mental retardation. Following the introduction of immunization in the mid-1940s, pertussis incidence declined more than 99 percent by 1970 and to an all-time low of 1,010 cases by 1976. 
      From “Every Child By Two”: http://www.ecbt.org/advocates/immunizationsuccess.cfm

      July 20, 2012 at 00:02 | Report abuse |
    • Nan119

      You and the anti immunizations are why babies get sick from this disease.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:20 | Report abuse |
    • Jean

      There was an expression in the old days: It takes two children to make one adult. Yes, the human race survived without vaccines. Many individuals didn't.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:22 | Report abuse |
    • Leif

      Mike: That's because thousands of years ago people knew nothing about medical science. They needed to be vaccinated,
      but vaccines didn't exist. Take a class in logic.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:35 | Report abuse |
    • Greg Buchanan

      Mike, I suggest you take a trip to the local children's hospital to see a poor child struggle with this illness or any of the other horrible plagues that we have largely been able to contain with vaccines and then ask yourself, would I want to see my child like this? Or anyone else's for that matter. Then perhaps you should think how your decision to not vaccinate your own children may someday lead to them passing on an illness to a vulnerable child who, perhaps because of age or the presence of another disorder, may not have the privilege of being vaccinated against a disease that might might very well kill him or her.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:37 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Wow, all of you "Pro-Vacciners" seem to forget that proper nutrition takes care of disease. Let's not forget other Pro-Vaccine advocates like Rick Perry think that "Pink Slime" are good for you as well. I'm well into my 40's and live my life more like Jack Lalane (he didn't believe in meds either). He lived into his 90;s, as my Grandfather did. He always preached eating salads and healthy veggies. I'll follow his advice...

      July 20, 2012 at 03:19 | Report abuse |
    • Jeana

      Um the forth president lived to be only 85, lost 5 of his brothers and sisters in childhood to illness, and married a woman who had lost her previous husband, all her in-laws and the youngest of her 2 children to illness...

      July 20, 2012 at 03:55 | Report abuse |
    • JeremyH6

      @Jeana,
      shhh....you're not supposed to come back with facts and logic, that disputes his whole argument!

      July 20, 2012 at 08:36 | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      Our fourth President, James Madison, lived to be 85, not 91. He was one of twelve children, five of which died before they reached the age of seven. That's a 58% mortality rate.

      You want to try again?

      July 20, 2012 at 08:49 | Report abuse |
  4. Gabe

    What they never say is that a large reservoir of bordatella is the illegals who are unimmunized.

    July 19, 2012 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*ADiff

      Sounds like a strong argument for providing them at least basic healthcare.

      July 19, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • momzna

      That's a lie! At least people in Mexico are vaccinated for pertussis and there have been no outbreaks in that country.

      July 19, 2012 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • Wonder Woman

      You are right as well. It's the illegal immigrants that go unpoliced and walk right on up and in to our country WITHOUT vaccinated children, often may of them carrying illnesses to begin with from poop water supply, non existent healthcare and just plain stupidity!

      Thanks for bringing up such a valid point!

      July 19, 2012 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
    • Bob 99

      Who are they? Sounds like you might be paranoid or at least a little slow.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:28 | Report abuse |
    • Byzantine Ruins

      And by valid point, Wonder Woman means, "thanks for prompting me to express my xenophobia by blaming auslanders for this, despite a total lack of evidence." Hey, why not, it's modern America. Why deal with facts when you can just emote prejudices that make you more popular with your social set? If anyone disagrees with you? Auslander-lovers, of course. It must be true because all your Facebook friends agree with you.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      This might be true, but you should give a credible reference.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:04 | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      Untrue. Unlike the idiot Anti-Vaxers here, children in Mexico are vaccinated against Pertussis, and other childhood diseases. No outbreaks in Mexico.

      July 20, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    "Why this is happening isn't entirely clear. " Well, it's clear to a lot of us. It's happening for two reasons: 1. Celebrity wackos telling people to not get kids immunized because it causes autism and 2. Illegal aliens and their children coming here not immunized and bringing with them disease we once had practically wiped out.

    July 19, 2012 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • momzna

      2. According to the California Department of Public Health, "Mexico does a great job vaccinating for pertussis. Until just a few years ago, Mexico was using the whole-cell vaccine, which is probably more effective than the acellular vaccine that has been used in the U.S. since the 1990s."

      July 19, 2012 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
    • Name*ADiff

      Actually in this case it's neither of those reasons, although the 1st is sound and the 2nd result of our weak public health system. In this case it's simply a new strain against which the population has less resistance.

      July 19, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse |
    • Byzantine Ruins

      Vaccination against these diseases is accomplished almost everywhere on earth, Michelle. It's the 21st century. You are more in danger of getting one of diseases from the children of a home-schooling helicopter mom than from some orphan from the crappiest refugee camp on the planet. But don't let the facts get in the way. Twist your ankle on the stairs, shake your fist, "damn Mexicans!"

      July 19, 2012 at 23:19 | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      You need to give a reference to substantiate the reference to illegal aliens. We don't know whether it is true or not, just because you say so. I examined the chest x-rays of hundreds of illegals from south of our border for the INS, and something like 99% of them had perfectly normal chest x-rays.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:07 | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      @Byzantine – Do you often insert thoughts between the lines? Not quite sure how you got from my comment the idea that I blame everything on "those damn Mexicans!" I'm quite aware that not all illegal aliens are Mexicans, were you aware of that? Two diseases have recently reappeared on our radar – measles and small pox. Those were two things practically wiped out in this country thanks to vaccines, but are now making a comeback. Many reports attribute this to non-vaccinated people bringing it back into the country. Who enters the county not immunized? Illegal immigrants. If the problem were solely due to home schooled and/or not immunized kids, how are they being exposed to it?

      July 20, 2012 at 00:26 | Report abuse |
  6. A K

    Mike, one word. Polio! Fearmonger? Please feel free to educate yourself.

    July 19, 2012 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Polio is spread through fecal matter, don't eat where you shat...

      July 19, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Mike, the whole planet is covered with fecal matter. In some areas it is just deeper.
      You just need someone to forgo washing hands after using the bathroom. You touch the same door handle, the same coins or bills, the same phone, the same handrail, the same chopping cart, etc... and you have that person's fecal matter on your own hands. Some viruses and bacteria can survive quite a while on an inert surface. Unless you live like a hermit in the forest where noone goes, you have human poop on your hands. And in any case you have poop of some critter on your hands.

      July 19, 2012 at 23:09 | Report abuse |
    • Delmar Knudson

      When I worked at a hospital from 1952 to 1956 our hospital had an entire wing filled with polio patients. You could see many young people whose muscles were wasting away, some, like the prom queen to be of a local high school died the night before her coronation. We had a number of patients in iron lungs, and when the power went out, every employee of the hospital rushed to the polio floors to connect the iron lungs to a manual handle, and pump until power was restored. Many times, tables would be overturned by the zealous and anxious employees as they rushed from the cafeteria to assist. Until you have seen this, you should not speak so boldly and and self-assured about something for which you probably have little information or understanding.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:12 | Report abuse |
  7. David Mariscal

    So I have to be the first one? Really.... and I'm a progressive...

    Okay.. here it goes..

    Obama's fault.

    July 19, 2012 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JeremyH6

      Damn, Bush creates hurricanes to kill people......Obama creates new strains of diseases.......these presidents really are above us all.

      July 20, 2012 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    Actually, you can blame the vaccine on the outbreak. It doesn't keep you from getting pertussis, it only lessens your symptoms to the point that you think you have a mild cold. So those who are vaccinated are unsuspecting, walking reservoirs. Before you start demanding the heads of the unvaccinated on a platter, do some research and start thinking for yourselves, instead of letting the government do it all for you.

    cdc.gov/eid/article/6/5/00-0512_article.htm
    "Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers, Israel"

    "Our results indicate that children ages 5-6 years and possibly younger, ages 2-3 years, play a role as silent reservoirs in the transmission of pertussis in the community."

    July 19, 2012 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Delmar Knudson

      Pertussis victims are most infectious during the catarrhal period and the first 2 weeks after onset of coughing. The incubation period varies from 4 to 21 days. The catarrhal stage can last 1-2 weeks, and may be manifested by a runny nose, some sneezing, low-grade fever, and a mild cough (similar to any cold) whether or not the person has ever been vaccinated for pertussis. So, it is impossible for many people who have it to recognize it as a serious disease, and therefor easy for them to spread it. To suggest that most of it relates to people being vaccinated for it, is rather silly and not based on fact.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:49 | Report abuse |
  9. Reason

    Wow, as a species we've been here for tens of thousands of years... and we are listening to ACTORS tell us health advice rather than scientists and doctors for our children at there most fragile age.

    Oh and Mike I think you win dumbest comment of the day.

    July 19, 2012 at 23:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Patty

    Yes we have been here many thousands of years and until the last hundred years many children died in childhood due to what is now preventable illness. I was reminded of this when visiting Monticello and the tour guide pointed out that only two of Thomas Jeffersons six children by his wife Martha lived to maturity. This was common to lose children to disease. With the advent of vaccines infant mortality rates have plunged.

    July 19, 2012 at 23:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sid Meyer

    lots of illegals in Wi and`Wa? lots of prejudice too....

    July 19, 2012 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob 99

      Yeah I'm in WA right up the border (there is one up here for those of you who don't know that) and it's the Canadians that are giving it to us, since they have Single Payer Health Care, they're trying to kill us slowly, run you anti-vaccine m*rons, run fast don't stop until you get out of the country (PLEASE).

      July 19, 2012 at 23:31 | Report abuse |
  12. RB MD in SC

    MIKE & OHTER VACCINE DENIERS: OK, so don't get vaccinated & allow you & your kids & famly to contract a potentially fatal VPD (Vaccine-Preventable Disease) and die from it. Think about that for a moment. Then consider that whooping cough (pertussis) is ~80% contaqious and measles is ~90% contagious. You & your ignorant family will pose a HUGE risk to the general population and be responsible for hundreds if not thousands of sick people and some deaths. Can you live with that? I'm a public health official who storngly promotes the safety and efficacy of vacccines. Are they all perfect? Of course not- we don't live in a a perfect world, but this small and shriniking planet deserves the benefit of collaboration to protect all of us, not just those who deny statistics and and the government's role in protecting public health. RB

    July 19, 2012 at 23:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • S.S. in UT

      @RB
      I have to agree with you on this one. From my personal experience, the day after I got my Tdap I was sore throughout my entire body but to me, that said it was working and then I was fine the day after that. I got it to prevent spreading it to my not yet born son and also any other children I may come in contact with. After all, children are everywhere these days and they could use all the help they can to avoid contracting sickness. On the other hand, I never get my Flu shot, maybe as a child but I don't remember. You have to forgive my contradictory logic, as I am a victim of the No Child Left Behind Act.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:30 | Report abuse |
  13. John Netlan

    Creating a virus that's similar, but different, wouldn't be that hard for a pharmaceutical company. If they are trying to increase their stock prices, all they have to do is unleash a new virus onto the population and watch the cases increase. 325 million americans have the potential of getting it. That's 325 million potential customers in a market who are forced to buy your vaccine shots over the course of 7 years. What an excellent business model! Create the problem, and offer the solution.

    If it's not corporate conspiracies, then maybe America is a better place with less people, rather than more? So what's with all the immigration, legal or illegal? The american indians lived with a very low population density. That is why they didn't have so many diseases. Maybe it's time to learn from them?

    July 19, 2012 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CaptainMorgan

      Nonsense. A pharma co would not do this because even if it created some profit, they could all end up in jail. Besides, why do they have to. Since people have voluntarily stopped vaccinating their children against diseases, it's pretty much a lock that the diseases will come back. As long as people are stupid, lazy, and love to eat bad food, there will always be a market for meds. No need to commit breathtakingly evil crimes. Nice conspiracy theory though. Props for that.

      One of the reasons there appeared to be so few indians, and such an incredible abundance of game animals when the English arrived here (1607-1629) is that the Spanish had already killed off huge numbers of indians by the mere act of exploring, and bringing pigs along, thus spreading diseases like smallpox and animal killing diseases that indians had no innate immunity against.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:28 | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    The use of antibiotics in factory animal farming is why diseases are resistant. About 75% of all antibiotics produced end up in cattle and chickens. This makes superbugs and humans suffer due to the GREED of corporations.

    July 19, 2012 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CaptainMorgan

      antibiotics in animal feed has been outlawed for some time now, and feed antibiotics were mostly beta-lactams related to penicillin. Current antibiotic resistance is generated by people cr@pping out their antibiotics, and to some extent not taking the full course. Sewers leading from hospitals are notorious for harboring bacteria with plasmid resistance against almost every antibiotic (they have to have the plasmids to live there). So short of burning all waste coming from patients, resistance spreads in the environment. Kind of inevitable.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:34 | Report abuse |
  15. Get Real

    People who don't get their kids vaccinated (or don't get the whooping cough vaccine before seeing a newborn) are brutal. Polio was rampant when are great- and grandparents were alive. I have never even meet/or heard of someone one with polio.

    For the healthy kids that parents don't get vaccinated there are kids with cancers, post transplants, immune conditions who can't get vaccinated that you are indirectly putting at risk with your disease ridden kids. This is 2012, do you ride around in a car with the windows up and a cigarette in your mouth while the baby is in the back too.

    July 20, 2012 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. confused

    This article is ambiguous. "In 2010, only 8% of adults had any history of receiving a Tdap booster." Is this "Tdap booster" the same "booster" that the article mentions people get when they are 11-12 years old, or is this a different booster given in later years? Can someone clarify this important point that may be on people's minds.

    July 20, 2012 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg Buchanan

      It's the same one–pertussis and tetanus vaccination combined. Eleven year olds should get it and then again as young adults (~21 years old) and then every 10 years after that–many US adults don't follow this schedule and thus don't have full immunization against these two diseases

      July 20, 2012 at 00:57 | Report abuse |
  17. T.rex

    Isn't it ironic.... At a time when vaccines are at an all time high, so is whooping cough, yet the pro-vaccinators blame on the people who DON'T get the vaccine. How does that make sense?

    July 20, 2012 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nan119

      It is high for those unable to get the vaccine. read the article

      July 20, 2012 at 00:22 | Report abuse |
    • CaptainMorgan

      Pertussis vaccination is not at an all-time high. It's at a 30 year low. And people who aren't vaccinated are decreasing the herd immunity of people who are vaccinated, but didn't become immune., which happens occasionally. But as long as the children of the stupid are becoming sick at least 25x more frequently as the vaccinated, I say let vaccination be optional. The gene pool cleaning benefits are worth the downside.

      July 20, 2012 at 00:51 | Report abuse |
    • finalturismo

      Do you happen to even know whats in a vaccine?

      July 20, 2012 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
    • carl

      I don't understand why people who make up their own facts don't make up happy facts.

      July 20, 2012 at 02:25 | Report abuse |
  18. Skipper Tom

    I moved to Seattle in early April. Everybody I knew in Burien had the cough. All the kids had it. Schools were closing left and right. I got the Tdap booster as soon as the Dept. of Public Health announced they we setting up centers and the shot was free. Seems to have calmed down, now. If I had known how serious an epidemic it was here, I wouldn't have come.

    I can't believe grown adults are not having their children vaccinated. Looks like Darwin was right! Your kid is going to sue you when little Johnny gets rheumatic fever or some such, and I will sure sue you when little Janie spreads the measles in school and my grandkids get it. Bet on it!

    July 20, 2012 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. finalturismo

    This whole vaccine thing is getting out of hand with the amount of vaccines they want to give you.

    Why would i want to put that many detergents in my body?

    July 20, 2012 at 01:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carl

      OK, in your educated opinion, how many vaccines do you think is acceptable?

      July 20, 2012 at 02:27 | Report abuse |
  20. Skadams

    More illegals coming over and not having their children vaccinated. Its only going to get worse.

    July 20, 2012 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Captain Morgan

    In the 60's, an astrologer warned Russians that diptheria vaccine would kill them. So many of the gullible ceased vaccinations. They too had a severe outbreak of >2,000 cases, but they resumed vaccination, and it stopped. Pretty sure this will happen here too. Not all that complicated.

    July 20, 2012 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. bubba rydel

    illegals are the original owners of this land. they were invaded by the spanish, the french, the mercenaries of texas and the us.
    putting up a clever flag, writing a national theme song, and creating myths doesn't change a thing. as disease spreads across this country, the sun continues to destroy the skin of the european albinos and the greed of america destroys the economy...the wealthy albinos will run back to europe and leave the poor albinos to fend for themselves. the "illegals" were here thousands of years ago and they'll still be here thousands of years from now. it's called atzlan. the same cannot be said for the albino.

    July 20, 2012 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. josh rogen

    welcome to Obamatopia

    July 20, 2012 at 01:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. drought

    Interestingly the 1959 date is very close to the last major drought in the US, wonder if there is a connection, more crap in the air without the rain....

    July 20, 2012 at 02:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Chuck D

    CNN scare tactic to get people to take toxic vaccines.

    July 20, 2012 at 02:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. amy

    I had it exactly 3 years ago. Lasts 3 months. Seriously. The 100 day cough as it is known. I was 38. Got it ftom mom. We need to be able to vaccinate those over 65. Cdc says no but immunity ftom shots wears off ( we both had our shotsbutnotthe booster for adults). Vaccinate over 65! That is the pool of people it comes frombut they have milder cases as many were exposed as children 40-50 years ago. Allow grandparents to be vaccinated – ssve a baby!

    July 20, 2012 at 02:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Armin Zane

      I live in WA and about three years ago caught a cough that dragged on for MONTHS and became painful in my ribs, neck and back. Back then pertussis was just rumor (in the schools in downtown Seattle). I finally had to go on systemic meds to stop the inflammation. I am absolutely convinced it was pertussis, as my manager got something similar a few weeks after I did. He coughed for about four months.

      Now it is known that epidemics of the stuff have been running around in the area. It's a horrible disease, and anyone who disparages vaccines should be shot.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:51 | Report abuse |
  27. tmsquared

    If you are close to or over 40, get that TDAP booster. The docs don't tell you it wears off around age 40. I ended up with pertussis winter before last and it took almost 3 months to get over it.

    July 20, 2012 at 02:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katie

      This is also what the docs don't tell you about vaccines:
      They don't work at all in 20% of the population.
      They MAY be UP TO 100% effective beginning from sis weeks after the shot UP TO ten years later.

      That means:
      1) No one knows if the vaccine will work on YOU
      2) No one knows how well the vaccine will work on YOU
      3) No one knows how long the vaccine will work on YOU

      This is why they promote the herd mentality – vaccinate everybody so those for whom it doesn't work are protected. Except that in the case of whooping cough, evidence is mounting that the vaccine doesn't work too well in anybody, because the majority of outbreaks are happening in vaccinated populations.

      July 20, 2012 at 06:46 | Report abuse |
    • Ixion

      Katie – You said

      "This is also what the docs don't tell you about vaccines:
      They don't work at all in 20% of the population.
      They MAY be UP TO 100% effective beginning from sis weeks after the shot UP TO ten years later.

      That means:
      1) No one knows if the vaccine will work on YOU
      2) No one knows how well the vaccine will work on YOU
      3) No one knows how long the vaccine will work on YOU"

      Well seatbelts do not work 100% of the time either. Just this week here in town we had someone wearing one die in a wreck. So we don't know if it will work for you, or if does how long it will work for you, so why bother wearing one? It will not necessarily save your life and you could go your whole life without an accident or needing one so why bother wearing one – I have not been that lucky and I needed one.

      July 20, 2012 at 07:58 | Report abuse |
  28. Bremen

    We do have a modern responsibility to vaccinate our children, if not for our own, then for the sake of other kids they will be around. However I do believe this is just a scare... I mean really the numbers aren't epidemic. When half the population in the continental United States has a disease, then it is a epidemic. Maybe only 1% have this disease... that is not many in a country over 350 million.
    So long as I am not forced to get the vaccinations, I could care a less. I am deathly afraid of needle. I can cut myself with a knife voluntarily, but I will not let someone stick a needle in me. Only in life and death situations like if I need a sudden blood transfusion or something. And that is a personal choice, if they take it away, I will be upset. No matter how petty it may seem.

    July 20, 2012 at 03:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Armin Zane

      >So long as I am not forced to get the vaccinations, I could care a less. I am deathly afraid of needle.

      You can get a wet nasal vaccination that needs no needle. Ask your doctor.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:52 | Report abuse |
    • S.S. in UT

      Funny you should mention that, because I hate needles like that too but I carved both my arms up with a box cutter one night when I was drunk. I got the vein in my left and nearly sliced the vein open on the right, my vein is right in the middle of those two scars. Not sure I consider myself lucky to be alive or not, but I am glad my family didn't have to pay for an over-expensive burial. Then again, it would have been cheaper to have that done compared to the bills I had to pay. Oh well, life goes on and I am glad to be here nonetheless.

      July 20, 2012 at 03:55 | Report abuse |
  29. Anon

    science knows it all!!!.... except a vaccine for a whooping cough

    July 20, 2012 at 03:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Mintmom

    WAIT A MINUTE... I THOUGHT VACCINES WERE EFFECTIVE!? THIS NEWS SPEAKS FAILURE IF YOU READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

    July 20, 2012 at 04:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katie

      Exactly!! The whooping cough outbreaks are happening in vaccinated populations! This has been a trend for at least five years. In the meantime, babies too young to be vaccinated are the ones dying of whooping cough (eleven of them last year) and babies reacting the the vaccine are dying of that (fifty-seven last year!) Someone needs to be looking at the vaccine itself. IT'S NOT WORKING!!

      July 20, 2012 at 06:43 | Report abuse |
  31. RealityCheck

    Sadly, it seems our country has a populace of infants and children produced by a majority of unqualified parents versus qualified parents.

    I think I recently read that the average cost for a first year of life in the U.S. is app. $11,000.00 If that's a legitimate figure, then common sense would dictate you don't bring a life into the world unless you have $11,000.00 - AND NO, WELFARE LEECHES, TAXPAYERS AREN'T RESPONSILBE TO FUND YOUR CHILD'S LIFE. And NO, RELIGIOUS LUNATICS, EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 18 HAS A RIGHT TO HOOK UP, AND THE PILL AND RUBBERS WORK JUST FINE. I'd rather spend money on prevention and education so people don't WIND UP at Planned Parenthood. But people who are anti-abortion have never been to a WIC lobby/waiting area.

    July 20, 2012 at 04:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • In The Right Country, At The Wrong Time...

      That just reminded me of how much I dislike these welfare queens that act like they have EARNED cash assistance, food stamps and Medicaid, all because they decided to pump out a unit. No More Fat Kids! These kids' legs are bending inward from the knees!
      I know, that is totally off topic but it's true. The fat kid thing, anyway.

      July 20, 2012 at 04:43 | Report abuse |
  32. Mintmom

    "Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." George Orwell
    And my favorite right now, "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell.. Brilliant Man!

    July 20, 2012 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Bpba Geff

    Hipster babies are bringing back old school illnesses.

    July 20, 2012 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Mintmom

    modern medicine = return of old school illnesses in strength and numbers

    July 20, 2012 at 04:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patriot 1995

      The Anti-Vaxxers history of the world: In the dark ages people never got sick and lived to be 200 because they used holistic healing and magic crystals to cure all diseases. But then the evil renaissance came and the evil super villians Louis Pasteur and Edward Jenner created vaccines and modern medicin. Then they use the small pox vaccine to kill all the native Americans. Then evil modern medicine and the evil scientific method took over the earth. Science and medicine are evil because the are controlled by (take your pick) evil space Jews/ the evil shadow government/ the evil Illuminati/ the evil alien lizard people from the center of the earth. But don't worry because things like proof and experimentation and critical thinking and the scientific method are being challenged by new age gods like Jenna McCarthy. When enough people have rejected modern medicine and are treating their kids with Doctor Hippieton's beet and chickpea juice, the earth god Gaia will send Captian Planet to rain hellfire on all those evil doctors and scientists who wanted to make people's lives better by making cures for smallpox and polio using the dark voodoo witchcraft of knowledge and scientific investigation. All hail Captain Planet!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
  35. Randy Johnson

    Maybe – 'getting with the program' like most industrialized nations have now advanced to, the USA is still not only NOT giving people universal health care, they are still wondering whether or not people should be able to play the odds and save some bucks at the expense of everyone else. The whole problem is that it was Obama that wanted to reform this budding 3rd world nation but after all he is black and most people in the USA don't know any better than what they have lived with – pretty sad. But on the bright side – everyone still has guns!!!! Just think of how much money could be saved if you brought in some gun control. Why did I even say that – might as well talk to the wall next to me.

    July 20, 2012 at 04:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. A.A.M.

    Wow. People need to learn to think for themselves and question everything. The truth is normally staring right at you.
    1) The only vaccine that was thought to cause autism was the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
    2) That proved to be false and the only study to link the two was filled with falsified evidence and the doctor who published it was found guilty of serious medical misconduct and can no longer practice medicine.
    3) One of the major complaints by the anti-vaccination groups was that vaccines contain a chemical which is similar to formaldehyde, named thimersol.
    4) However, no vaccinations of any kind contain this chemical. Don't believe me? Each vaccine has it's listed ingredients on it. You can even look up the contents of all current vaccines on the CDC website.
    5) Over the past 10 years, all vaccination rates have dropped ~15%. Autism has risen ~400%.
    6) Autism, most likely, is due to environmental factors, and even more scientific studies are showing this. Did you know that a variant of therimsol is used in Johnson's Baby Shampoo? Seems to me, this knee-jerk reactionaries need to start suing J&J rather than vaccine makers.
    7) Both cake and pie are delicious. There needs to be more cake and pie in the world today.

    July 20, 2012 at 04:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scarls

      Re #4: Actually, flu shots may still contain thimerosal. Depends on whether or not you get the individually packaged dose vs the multi-dose vial. And you can check the CDC website for the 2012 flu shot info to verify this.

      July 20, 2012 at 07:32 | Report abuse |
  37. Mintmom

    "everyone points fingers at hipster babies".... "Modern medicine mustn't be blamed!" "Modern medicine is so ingenious and adequate!" .. "People don't die from the practice... the practice is perfect!" "Let's blame the people who think it's not perfect, ..how dare they undermine modern medicine just because of a few outbreaks and a half-a-million dead bodies!"

    July 20, 2012 at 04:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patriot 1995

      So pray tell us, what was it like before we coulld protect ourselves from polio and smallpox. You blast modern medicine, so tell us what you use instead of decades of research and evidence? Please tell use your magic mericul cure which upends everything we know about human biology, viral biology and modern medicine. What do you use to treat headaches? Bacterial infections? Have you outpaced science and aquired a cure for AIDS? Who gives you your knowledge? Magic pixie elves? Aliens? The voices in your head?

      July 20, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  38. Saiko

    I live in an European country, where a vaccine against this disease is obligatory. There are no cases practically. But the important thing is that the vaccine needs to be applied more than once (this is true with many vaccines), three times, at the specific age (first one is at about half a year, second one is at 2 years, and the last one is usually at 6 years, this can be modified by healthcare specialists in individual cases). The only cases of the disease in my country known are from children who weren't properly vaccinated, and often travelled to other countries (or had visitors from other countries).

    So getting one shot means nothing. You could as well not vaccinate at all.

    July 20, 2012 at 04:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. PolioLio

    Here in Washington we have a very strong Anti-vaccine 'epidemic' thats been going strong for over 10 years. Add to that the incredibly high health care costs – up 150% in less than 5 years – the absolute LACK of free- or low-cost health care in Eastern Washington for the poor, and very high illegal alien rate – thanks California! – and what did you expect? This state has been lying thru it's teeth for 10 years hiding how bad health care is(n't). They killed the one affordable state health care plan last year on top of all this. This is just the first sign of a waiting disaster that's going to happen. Anyone say polio?

    July 20, 2012 at 04:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Andy

    People need to immunize their kids.

    July 20, 2012 at 05:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katie

      I agree some vaccinations are valuable – but is this one working? 57 babies died from this vaccine last year, and the vast majority of cases of whooping cough occur in people who have been vaccinated. (The deaths from whooping cough have occurred in infants too young to vaccinate.)

      July 20, 2012 at 06:40 | Report abuse |
  41. Mintmom

    "if I immunize my child, my child will never get sick and die or get other people sick and die; except for the occasional flu, cold, fever, headache, cough, ear infection, sore throat, vomitting, Diarrhea, yep my child will be healthy because they were immunized, those things are common and don't mean anything, my child will be home sick from school occasionally, but they smile, laugh and play just the same, tilenol is a the best health care in my family." OR "my child has never been sick, never had a cold, never flu, never vomiting, never Diarrhea, never sore throat, never been sick no, but not healthy because my child isn't immunized, my child might die, my child might kill other people, the outbreak occurred because of my child, everyone come at me with their pitchforks, steal my baby and burn me alive!!" MADNESS!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patriot 1995

      This is why I love your posts. You assume you a superior to everyone and that you are incapable of getting sick. Have you got a contingency plan in case you actually DO get sick? Will you go to to the doctor if you or a family member is gravely ill? Or do genetically superior über people like yourself just never get ill?

      July 20, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
  42. Hmmm

    I owned a pet store for 12 yrs. We carried locally raised puppies. One of our vets insisted that all puppies be vaccinated (nasally) for Bordatella upon entering the store. Not all of our breeders obliged. However of the ones that did, every one of those pups came down with kennel cough. So we quit enforcing that rule and we never really had it again. It seemed like the problem was that the pups were getting vaccinated too early (7-8 weeks of age) and during a stressful situation – changing their environment. I personally believe in vaccinations and never saw a puppy of my own or of any of my friends/relatives have a problem if they waited until the pup was about 4-6 mos. THEN we made the mistake of getting some puppies shipped in from Missouri – HUGE PUPPY MILL STATE. All of those pups had been vaccinated for Bordatella much too young (4-5 weeks of age). FDA regulates that pups not be sold for retail before a certain age, but doesn't regulate (or at least didn't) what age these huge facilities would get their pups in before sending them out to stores. So they would get them at 4-5 weeks of age, then over-vaccinate them and follow with incomplete rounds of antibiotics a a "preventative". Well, we got two shipments of pups over a one month period. Every one of them came in healthy, but within a few days would come down with terrible coughs. Several of my employees then came down with terrible coughs and strep throat. When our vet's regular regimen of treatment didn't work (amoxicillin) we sent off cultures. It ended up both shipments of pups had a major "superbug", streptococcal & Bordatella most likely brought on by the facility giving THOUSANDS of puppies "preventative" rounds of antibiotics. We reported all of this to the FDA, they followed up briefly, but didn't do a thing. We never "ordered" pups again, eventually got out of the business due to lack of regulation on the whole industry and have always been bothered by the pet industry's overuse of antibiotics all together. Supposedly these types of illnesses shouldn't have spread between puppies and humans, but what a coincidence that so many adults (including myself) came down with strep throat and a bad cough lasting for weeks!

    July 20, 2012 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Katie

    Whooping cough is spiking IN VACCINATED POPULATIONS!!! This has been the trend for the last five years. I know, I was one who got it, along with a small cluster in my community. ALL of us were vaccinated. None of know where we got it. No one was hospitalized, no one died. It wasn't fun, but we got through it and we all now have real immunity. The CDC is supposedly looking at changing its regulations to make sure people are vaccinated more often – how about they look at the vaccine itself to see if it really works?? Eleven babies died last year (they were too young to vaccinate) from whooping cough, but 57 babies died from the vaccine. Stop this vaccine – hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable for making a safe one that WORKS – and all parents with infants too young to vaccinate – keep your babies at home during that oh-so-vulnerable time.

    July 20, 2012 at 06:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Josh

    Has CNN fired all it's editors to cut costs? I have never seen so many typos in a published article before.

    July 20, 2012 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. dsperry

    My neighbors with 4 kids don't believe vaccines work and won't allow their kids to be vaccinated. I don't want them in my house. What might they be spreading to other families as they travel and unknowingly, and blindly expose young, aged or weakened immune systems.? It seems there is a community living and working around us that feel science is evil, misinformed and serve no useful function to anyone. Nature is watching out for the survival of mankind and doesn't need help. Yea, right. Check with those living in 3rd world countries as to the odds of nature having favorites.

    July 20, 2012 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mintmom

      If you look at it this way, you are one of the ones that hasn't "waken" yet.

      July 20, 2012 at 08:06 | Report abuse |
    • Patriot 1995

      @mintmom
      "Waken"? What is that suppose to mean? Are you awaken to the fact that polio was not cured with magic tree bark?

      July 20, 2012 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
  46. grumpy

    Vaccines are for gullible suckers! The best way to protect against disease is to burn a goat during an eclipse.

    July 20, 2012 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Mintmom

    If it were a George Orwell book, which character would you be? A part of the deception and the control? Or apart of the change and the revolution?

    July 20, 2012 at 08:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patriot 1995

      Yes, because vaccines won't cure Rabies but extract of birch tree will. What is up with this new age quai-revolutionary pseudoscience hugging bull$;:! you keep promoting. Excuse me if I offend you because I'm going to listen to the people with the PhDs and years of experience instead of the crunchy granola moon bat celebrity who can't tell the difference between bacteria and viruses.
      P.S. What is the deal with with your posts? You act like your going to rise up agenst the "evil fascist doctors who want your kids to be protected agenst deadly diseases". Something about your post tells me that you don't know the right way to point a gun so... so much for your glorious struggle for your right to threaten public health.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
    • Mintmom

      yes patriot, take my child from me then and shoot me or burn me alive. Very civil, indeed. My child has never been sick, so how was your seasonal flu this year? you were congested? Had to drug up on day and night quil? Well, seasonal flu never hit my home, funny huh? guess I must be crazy and uneducated, people like me deserve what now?! Let's compare medical records with these health authorities and professionals then! Bring it on!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:14 | Report abuse |
    • Mintmom

      p.s there's nothing glorious about your fight, you're protecting the lies, I'm simply in the light of the truth. You are in the dark following the blind. How about you come talk to me when you pass by two or three years without a cough or sniffle, bet you can't figure out how to save your own health without doctors.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:17 | Report abuse |
    • Patriot 1995

      " I'm simply in the light of the truth". Wow, your so humble. For your information I have not been sick since 2009 when I hade strept throught. But then I went to the doctor, got some antibiotics and made a full recovery I a few days. And just so you know I am 16 and do not think the state souls take away peoples kids unless their is abuse happening. I find it quite hypocritical that you accuse me of being un-patriotic when you your-self send your little walking plague bombs into a densely crowded public space. Unless of course you homeschool your children in which case you should probably get back to teaching them that God says its okay to kill gays and scientists.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
  48. Sarah

    Vaccines don't work and there is no scientific proof they do. There has not and never will be a double blind study to prove either way. If a car company marketed a car and said it was 98% safe but never proved it by crash testing it would you buy it based on their word?

    July 20, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tifany

      This is not true. Why do you think small pox is no longer a problem??????

      July 20, 2012 at 09:20 | Report abuse |
  49. Willie12345

    Come to Washington State, we're glad to share. The State of Washington Government endorses this ad.

    July 20, 2012 at 08:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Marianela Aybar

    What this article doesn't say is that those that have come down with pertussis have been the people that have been vaccinated against it. They have gotten the disease from the actual vaccine. This article is biased because it should be providing all the information not just what it's being told to report. I just tell everyone to do their own research and not believe every article out there because they are not providing all the details. This is being used as a scare tactic to get more people to get the vaccine which then in turn will get more people sick

    July 20, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pat

      If you would do your research you would know you are more likely to get whooping cough if you are not vaccinated.

      July 21, 2012 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
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