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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. LBF

    Earthshoes44 – We don't have a vaccine for TB?? REALLY???

    Apparently you are missing a lot of information..... the vaccine is simply not given routinely anymore because we are close to eradicating the disease in developed countries...

    July 20, 2012 at 09:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Nice job acting all high and mighty, but you are also wrong. There is a vaccination against one form of TB which is not effective for pulmonary TB. We don't give it in the US because TB is rare and the vaccination gives a false positive on the TB test which is the only cheap and effective way to test someone for exposure to TB.

      July 20, 2012 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
    • Q

      These people should get jobs so they can buy some health care. Just another example of lazy deadbeats....TEAMERICA

      July 20, 2012 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
    • PSAboy

      You are incorrect. DTP(acellular) is a routine vaccination in the US and Canada. Acellular pertussis has a very low adverse event rate and demonstrates a high level of efficacy in preventing the desease. It is not possible to erradicate Bordetella perstusis as it resides in many hosts in addition to man. Stop immunizing kids and they will get the desease. I know as I have spent my entire carreer developing and making our current day vaccines. Hope this helps.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:03 | Report abuse |
    • MicroDrJ

      @PSAboy – Man is the only known host; there are no other reservoirs.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse |
    • davedave2

      222 Let's rename Whooping Cough – Jenny McCarthy disease

      Remember – bleach in your hair, silcone in your chest OK – vaccine No Way

      July 20, 2012 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      This is a direct result of Bachmann and her fear tactics during the GOP primaries.
      There are enough ignorant conservative sheep out there that will listen to uneducated people like this and not get their kids vaccinated.
      Conservatives are menace to society.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • capitalismiskool

      Norm needs to take a break from the Koolaid.. Bachmann to blame? GOP?

      July 20, 2012 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
    • LBF

      To Andrew – I dont see how I acted all mighty as you said. And I dont see a big difference between me saying there is a vaccine against TB and you saying there is a vaccine against TB.... which we both said is not given routinely – you said in the US and I said in developed countries as it is the same in Europe. 30 years ago it was given because TB wasn't as rare...

      July 20, 2012 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
  2. Joe M.

    People who refuse to get their children vaccinated should have the children taken away. It jeopardizes their health, as well as the health of everyone around them.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AGuest9

      True

      July 20, 2012 at 09:11 | Report abuse |
    • Christy

      AMEN

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

      Joe, you must be real good at problem solving, you must be a prime example of true health yourself, do you never get sick? how do you do it? Well I never get sick, my child has never been sick, you want to take my healthy child away from me?? Sorry did my healthy child who has never been sick cause this outbreak? Would you like to burn me at the stake and throw stones at me? How did you do with the seasonal flu this year? Oh you were terribly congested were you? Well that flu never hit my house... funny huh?

      July 20, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse |
    • CarolSong

      Joe M – so sick of this untruth being repeated over and over and over. Read the article. It says, "They don't know why the increase." But, hey, let's go back and vaccinate everybody because that's the only idea western medicine has had for oh say 60 years. You are dead wrong. Would some people please do a little research all their very own and get educated about immune systems?

      July 20, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse |
    • parent

      Pleaded prove that the people who get the whopping cough are NOT vaccinated. Furthermore, prove it without using statistics from an agency which does NOT have a conflict of interest
      ( CDC, FDA, big pharmaceutical, or any one paid by them)

      July 20, 2012 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Statements like these show how ignorant people actually are and what is wrong with this world. Taken children away? Really? Where are you going to placed them? With smelly, sick and violent kids in some nasty shady shelter, where all abandoned kids, primarily of minorities exist? Why so that my kid gets sick or beaten or raped? Is that ok with you? As a parent I have a right to not jeopardize my child's future fertility by giving him questionable drugs. Yes you heard me correctly, many of these so called vaccines are nothing more than long term population control, and many simply don't work. Think before you post.

      July 20, 2012 at 09:46 | Report abuse |
    • ajbuff

      Luckily NYS requires the vaccines for entry into public school. Private schools need to get onboard.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:02 | Report abuse |
    • ohhellfire

      Sigh. If you have read the article and done more research, you would see not vaccinating is only one part of a larger problem that has many factors – the vaccine has a shorter immune span than originally thought, not all vaccines administered will be effective, the very likely possibility the bacteria is mutating making the current vaccine ineffective for those who receive it, and the fact that doctors in CA when the 9 babies died either recognized it and didn't proactively administer proper treatment or failed to test for it – too many factors to place blame squarely on the shoulders of the unvaccinated. Doctors need to be prepared to effectively treat whooping cough and test for it when it is suspected. Assuming vaccination or lack of vaccination is the one and only cause is not taking into consideration the many factors that have a very real effect on the population

      July 20, 2012 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
    • damniel

      @Bobby. It's "Taking" not "Taken." And "Why so that my kid gets sick or beaten or raped?" should be two sentences. Also, you're an idiot.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • G Wilson

      Joe – you are so wrong.. 84% of those getting infected have been FULLY immunized. Just search it on the web. And there are reactions to this vaccine... state whatever percentages you want, but if it's your kid that has permenant seizures because of this vaccine, you're not going to be happy. THIS VACCINE DOESN'T WORK.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • davedave2

      --Let's rename Whooping Cough – Jenny McCarthy disease

      Remember – bleach in your hair, silcone in your chest OK – vaccine No Way

      July 20, 2012 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      @Mintmom
      You probably won't have pertussis darken your happy home either, Mintmom. Though if one of your unvaccinated children do have a little cough, I hope you absolutely quarantine them, because your choice not to vaccinate could be the cause of a very small baby's death.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      @Mintmom
      People not vaccinating is the reason this disease is making such a comeback. It's too bad their greedy decisions harm others. "My kids are the only ones that matter" mentality is a real problem in the realm of public health.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • JOH

      You are an absolute disgrace to parents all across America. Why don't you just move to Russia and pledge allegiance to communism?

      First of all, some parents don't want to vaccinate their children BECAUSE in some cases the vaccinations themselves caused worse problems. Like for going for a simple antibiotics to cure your tonsilitis. Well some types of antibiotics through extensive research showed that they developed a new strain of virus in the brain. Also, it is common knowledge now that modern medicine don't actually CURE you or prevent a disease. It either helps you build immunity or exists as a means to relieve symptoms as your body heals. In most cases, these modern medicine do more damage than harm over the course of your life as it deteriorates and destroys your livers/kidneys. So good luck to you. Keep feeding your children the poison. I'm going with traditional feeding my kids healthy food to build strong immunity rather than relying on a vaccination where the bio-engineer might have messed up a component chemical in the lab that could cause thousands to millions of infections.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
    • dk

      @mintmom I'm sure your are one of those moms that shelters their children from T.V, neighborhood kids, and radio music unless its the Christian station. Just because you child never gets "sick" doesn't mean they can't be a carrier of some disease that could infect someone else's child. Get a job and quit living off your husband and let your kids live a normal life.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  3. Joe T

    The increase in whooping cough is directly related to unvaccinated immigrants entering the US.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      That is an excellent point Joe. I didn't even consider that possibility.

      My niece caught whooping cough even though she's been vaccinated. Apparently the vaccination wears off by the time they reach their early teens. The cdc recommends the tdap booster shot for teens and anyone 65+.

      July 20, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse |
    • G Wilson

      Joe – you are so wrong. 84% of those getting infected are FULLY IMMUNIZED.
      http://www.dailypaul.com/167931/a-collection-of-mainstream-news-reports-and-studies-exploding-the-whooping-cough-vaccine-myth

      July 20, 2012 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Pat F

      Not true – it is totally preventable with vaccines that have been proven safe and effective for 50 years. This is all thanks to the nutjobs who are dumb enough to believe that vaccines have ANYTHING to do with autism. Really sad that kids have to die for their parents' ignorance.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
    • G Wilson

      Pat F. do you know that babies have die from vaccines? Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund has had 12,000 claims and has paid over 2 billion dollars... this is why people aren't vaccinating.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:21 | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      yes it was virtually wiped out at one point and now with more live cases these vaccinated children are showing that there is a weakness in the vaccine, before no vaccinated child was exposed to tb but now with influx of third world peoples and the fact that people with aids carry tb etc, there is a rise in children, why do we make the children suffer through our liberal policies

      July 20, 2012 at 11:24 | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Really?
      What are you doing?
      Kissing them on the mouth as they cross the border?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • JOH

      Joe do some more research instead of being the typical ignorant "educated' American. This is the reason why everyone hates our country. I am an immigrant and I was required to be vaccinated in order to continue school in both middle school and high school. It is required of ALL students. At least here in NJ. It might be different from state-to-state, but I also see plenty of American citizens who are not vaccinated. Why are you trying to divide the American population into two sides? This brings worse commotions to your country. A country divided is a country collapsed.

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

      Whooping cough is highly contagious and spread by aerosols. You typically spread the bacterium if you are simply talking face to face with another individual. And yes, the vaccine against the bacterium does not confer immunity forever. That is why there are "booster" shots. There is a higher rate of diagnoses of whooping cough in this country simply because people are not educated on both the risks and benefits of the disease itself. We let celebrities and politicians tell us what is right for us rather than listen to the healthcare professionals that actually know what they are talking about.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:28 | Report abuse |
    • I'm dumb

      That is incorrect Joe T, the increase in whooping cough is directly related to how many times you fell on your head.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Can you site a study that says the vaccine is effective? Because I can't find one.

      July 20, 2012 at 13:48 | Report abuse |
    • r3plenish

      The study that correlated autism with vaccinations has been proven false. Even if 1 in 5000 develop autism from the vaccine it is a moot point. Do you know how many people died of smallpox before they developed a vaccine for it? About 500 million people in the 20th century alone. 295,000 people die of pertussis every year and 48.5 million are infected. I would much rather have autism than be dead. Why would vaccine companies lie to us about the effectiveness of vaccines? If people die from taking their vaccine, they don't make money off of it. They sure as hell want to keep you alive purely from a monetary standpoint, if nothing else. I hope that you people look at the facts rather than slinging accusations (anecdotal evidence, no matter how sad, is not fact).

      July 20, 2012 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
  4. beancounterz

    This is total driven by the religious nuts who think that their god will cure their kids of anything. This should be the ONE situtation wherre I agree with Ron Paul, if the parents opt-out for childhood vaccines, then they can be turned away at hospitatls and clinics if they don't pay the services up front. They made the decision to place their lives in gods hands, why should I pay when they find out their god doesn't really exist.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom

      It is NOT being driven by the, "religious nuts". It's being driven by the granola mothers that are afraid their kids will be the 1 in 5000 that becomes autistic from the vaccination.

      July 20, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse |
    • Mintmom

      Funny, is it because of your strong hatred for God that you are convinced he doesn't exist? Or is it that God has not shown you any love or provided you with blessings because of your hatred in him, that you are convinced that he doesn't exist? Or is it because you trust in mortal man so much that when a stranger tells you he needs to feel your crotch for explosives, you feel he's protecting you? Oh was it modern medicine that is supposed to cure our kids of everything? hmmm. sounds like they're doing a fine job of that, right?

      July 20, 2012 at 09:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jim123

      Vaccines do NOT cause autism. Fact. Proven. Multiple times. Not vaccinating your kids is child neglect and should be prosecuted. If your child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease and has not gotten the vaccine, that is murder and should be prosecuted. If someone else's kid gets a vaccine-preventable disease from your unvaccinated kid and dies, that is manslaughter and should be prosecuted. Knock off the pseudo-science and quackery and let's fix this!

      July 20, 2012 at 09:39 | Report abuse |
    • LAM

      @Tom – 1 in 5000??? Have you read the statistics lately? Sorry to inform you, but it's 1 in 88.

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

      TOM- it ok until your son is the 1 of 5000.. and you have to live with him for the rest of your life. Austim is now 1 in 80, so chances are pretty good.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:46 | Report abuse |
    • judy

      Tom - All reputable studies have shown no link between autism and vaccination. The one early study that purported to show such a link has subsequently been completely discredited by the scientific community. However, it's true that some parents don't vaccinate their children because vaccination, itself, carries a tiny risk.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • Nienista

      @Mintmom You can't hate something you don't believe in. Yet another very confused theist. No one is going to take what you say seriously when your main point makes absolutely no sense.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:57 | Report abuse |
  5. YawnMower

    WHOOP! There it is! lol

    July 20, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Beth

    I am surprised that only 8% of adults get their booster. I know that I was given a booster the day after my son was born, and my husband received his a few weeks later. I think that most everyone in my family had been recently immunized. Unless there is a medical reason, I see no reason not to fully vaccinate your child.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norm

      It's just a big scam by the pharma companies to make you dependent on their drugs instead of allowing your natural immune system to adapt as it should.
      The doctors are all in their pockets.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Beth is right, Children should be fully vaccinated. Big Pharma doesn't make it's money from vaccines. Big Pharma would much rather have you treat an illness or condition by selling pills that you take each day for the rest of your life than a series of booster shots ten years apart.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      "Big Pharma doesn't make it's money from vaccines."

      ahahahaha

      July 20, 2012 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
  7. Curious

    So let me see if I understand correctly. 92% of the adult population is not vaccinated. You can still get W.C when vaccinated. So what amount of protection does getting the vacation provide if 92 out of every 100 people I come into contact with can still get me sick

    July 20, 2012 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patrick

      I think the issue for adults is that the symptoms for the disease are not nearly as severe as adults as they are for children. For adults, the symptoms are more comparable to a bad cold, so many adults don't bother to get vaccinated. The problem, however, is that adults are perfectly capable of passing the virus along to children, who can suffer immensely from the disease. So we need to get vaccination rates up for adults in order to reduce adult–>child transmissions.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:15 | Report abuse |
  8. kn

    What's the big deal about getting vaccinated? Why are people so freaked out by it?

    July 20, 2012 at 09:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • G Wilson

      Quite simply, babies have die from being vaccinated. Please do some research.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • no_they_haven_not

      @kn – there was ONE fraudulent study done in England in 1998 where a doctor took 12 kids w/behavioral disorders & then claimed w/o further study that their problems had been caused by vaccines. That caused a huge uproar/panic against vaccination. The doctor was a fraud who lost his license. The study was a fraud, and it has since been denounced by all sorts of people, but unfortunately parents are now afraid that vaccines are harming their kids. The result? Fewer vaccinations means more kids actually getting sick/dying from easily preventable diseases like the measles. Whooping cough outbreak among a bunch of 13yr olds? ...Who were babies in 1998 when all this started? Gee – I wonder if that is at least a small factor...

      In reality, kids get sick & die from all sorts of things. It's sad, but it's absolute idiocy to NOT vaccinate them against dozens of preventable, deadly diseases on the slight off-chance that there might be some side effect. It puts your kids, and other people's kids at risk. Many shots can't be given to newborns, so they get sick & die because OTHER older kids WEREN'T vaccinated.

      July 20, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And how many people (babies or not) used to die from diseases that have been eliminated, or significantly reduced, by vaccines?
      Yes, there is a small risk each time you receive an injection (or you eat a new food item), but there is a risk in not doing it by getting sick of a preventable disease. Do you really not care about your kids getting tetanus? What about polio? These diseases are not eradicated. With increased travel, there is a real risk of getting in contact with polio. Tetanus lives in your backyard.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
  9. Bobby

    Best vaccination is exercise, proper eating, proper lifestyle and staying away from illegal immigrants.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mintmom

      YES WHY IS VACCINATION THE ONLY FORM OF PROTECTION?! IT'S FRAUD!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      So the legal unvaccinated immigrants are ok? What about the unvaccinated citizens? Should we stay away from then as well? How do you know which is safe and which is not? FYI – eating healthy is good and all, but it will not keep your newborn from getting this.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Careful when exercising. A deep wound, a little dirt, and you could know the joys of tetanus. A truly delightful disease.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:09 | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      I'd rather contract whooping cough from an illegal immigrant than have to deal with xenophobic, inbred fellow Americans like you, Bobby.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse |
  10. Meki60

    if people are going to come across the borders without a health exam, ie illegally, then this is what will happen

    July 20, 2012 at 09:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      Well...we get it that you want to blame it all on illegals. But people coming accross the border legally do not require a health exam. You only need it for a green card, which you usualy get after living in the US for years. And that exam is a joke.
      Or are you offering to subject all tourists and visa holders to a health exam? That could be quite expensive. Careful what you hope for, other countries will start doing that to US citizens. Those who don't like TSA pat-downs will really get upset.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew

    Vaccinations do not have any chance of giving children autism. The research done which is sighted to show that vaccinations might was disproved a long time ago as false, which people would know if they did any kind of reading on the topic. People who refuse to get vaccinations and get their children vaccinated are a public health concern.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • G Wilson

      That's because you've never known anyone that has died from a vaccination... it happens every year and it's in the thousands!!

      July 20, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      @ G Wilson – do you have some credit numbers for that? Not Ron Paul's opinion, but actual creditable research? And what is the number compared to those who died from preventable diseases?

      July 20, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
  12. mucopurulent

    I got WC in my late 40s, wasn't up to date on the vaccinations. The problem is that the childhood vaccination wears off, that is why vaccinated adults still get it. You cough until you see stars and I ended up tearing ligaments in my ribs. It took a good two months to recover and I wouldn't wish WC on anyone.

    July 20, 2012 at 09:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mark Comfort

    The article should have mentioned that a mother who has been vaccinated with Tdap will pass on antibodies to a newborn through the breastmilk. Breastfeed babies will have significantly less risk of getting pertussis or other diseases due to this antibody protection. This is the best way to protect a newborn. Breastfeeding is significantly lower each and every year for a variety of reasons.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MicroDrJ

      Not all mothers can breastfeed, but a prepartum vaccination in the third trimester will transfer ~150% concentration of maternal antibodies to the infant.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
  14. Mintmom

    It's not a matter of whether or not a vaccine will be compatible with you but whether the or not YOU will be compatible with the vaccine because as we all well know, the vaccine is one size fits all and how is that fair business for any business servicing people!? Because when you go to a restaraunt, you can ask for pasta with no mushrooms, because mushrooms give you hives. Well vaccines regardless of who you are, autism is the least of your worries, maybe you're pregnant and you experience sudden miscarriage... well I guess my unborn child wasn't compatible with the vaccine, hey at least that person won't be blamed for the outbreak, I'm sure any mother in that loss is at peace with the fact their child wouldn't cause someone else to get sick.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taelech

      Some vaccines you do have a choice in, there are multiple formulations available. If you are allergic to certain things (shellfish, eggs, whatever) you can get a vaccine that won't send you into the danger zone. You have to have a doctor willing to spend some time with you though, which in this medical system is difficult to find.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:18 | Report abuse |
    • Joe MN

      Yikes, you scare me. What is it like to be perfect. "We never get sick, we dont get the flu".
      Just wait it's gonna bite you in the rear when your'e not looking.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:54 | Report abuse |
  15. B Forrest

    The elephant in the room is illegal immigration. It's too bad that we can't have an honest discussion about this problem and make the public aware of the dangers they face just because of political correctness.

    The media has no problem informing us of the dangers of eating a Big Mac or drinking a Coke, but god forbid someone mentions that illegal immigrants are bringing a host of highly dangerous, and even deadly, pests and diseases into this country.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. John "Ratty" Arbuckle

    Firstly: Bacteria can't adapt to vaccinations the same way they adapt to antibiotics. It's biologically impossible.

    Secondly: The pertussis strain now spreading is not new and not "more aggressive". It's the same old whooping cough bacterium from the 40s.

    Thirdly: Vaccinations should not be optional for newborns. Sorry, but refusing a vaccination should be classified as child abuse. I am a huge parents rights supporter, but stupid parents shouldn't be able to put their child directly in the line of fire for these incredibly dangerous microorganisms. If we don't let parents put their children in the back of pickup trucks for a ride, we shouldn't let them skip vaccinations.

    Fourthly: these medical reporters and article-writers (and their editors) need to be educated. I'm looking at you, Cosmopolitan. As for morons like Jim Carey and whats-her-name Jenny McCarthy, they should be totally ignored when they speak about anything except acting.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mintmom

      SAME SHOULD BE FOR CELEBRITIES WHO SUPPORT VACCINES! WHY DOES THEIR OPINION MATTER ON WHAT MY DOCTOR SHOULD DO TO MY BODY AND MY FAMILIES HEALTH?

      July 20, 2012 at 10:24 | Report abuse |
    • MicroDrJ

      Firstly: Bacteria don't modify to vaccines because a vaccine is comprised of inactivated bacteria / viruses or components thereof. Bacteria can modify against the response by your immune system through a variety of factors, but this is much less probable if the vaccine is a well constructed. Antibiotic resistance is much easier to obtain.

      Secondly: There is not ONE strain of pertussis (Tohama, 165, 18323, etc.) I believe sixteen different strains have been identified in this outbreak according to the MMWR.
      http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6128a1.htm?s_cid=mm6128a1_e

      Thirdly: No person should be forced to inject a substance into their body without their consent. However, vaccinations are the single greatest health advance since boiling water and cannot be understated as to their necessity.

      Fourthly: Yes, people should only comment on that of which they have a solid understanding.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:59 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I had a reaction to my first vaccination, and then a second reaction after my second. So vaccines are safe you say?

      July 20, 2012 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
  17. ProfS

    Joe T
    Emigrants can't enter the USA without showing proof for a set of vaccinations. They also undergo medical examinations in their home countries before being granted a visa.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Legal immigrants do through an exam and provide a shot record if they have one. The immunizations do not have to be complete to get in to the country. The system is not perfect. I have had to provide care for several legal Hatian immigrants with active TB recently. This was somehow missed in their exams.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:27 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Nope.
      Came to the US as a tourist in 2000. No questions about health issues.
      Came to the US in 2001 on a J1 visa, no questions either about health issues or vaccination.
      Switched to an H-1B visa in 2004, no health-related questions.
      Got my first questions in 2008 while in the process of getting a green card. The exam took no time, the Doc didn't even touch me. Just had a blood draw to check for STDs.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
  18. Mitt Robme

    If you elect me president, I'll make sure that only the rich people have healthcare and that EVERYONE carries a gun for protection!!!!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Cleopatra1981

    First of all, for those saying that vaccines don't cause autism, please give me a DOUBLE BLINDED study that wasn't paid for by Merck, GSK, or other pharmaceutical company. I'm not saying vaccines do or don't cause autism but I'd like to see proof in a credible study.

    Second of all, it seems to me that WC cases went up since all the advertising began for the booster shots for adults...hmmm.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Proof isn't needed to prove that they don't cause autism when it was never proved they did in the first place. Do you know how the scientific community works? The doctor who published the research showing that vaccines caused autism had her medical license revoked because of falsifying research evidence. Asking for proof against her made up research is like asking me to prove Al Gore didn't invent the internet...

      July 20, 2012 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      But since you need proof:

      http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Lack_of_Association_Between_Measles_Mumps_Rubella.99421.aspx

      July 20, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Are you serious right now?

      There have been study after study after study showing no link between vaccines and autism. Study after study after study paid for by not only pharma companies, but places like the CDC, Public university health departments, governments the world over. If you seriously cant find a study you are not looking very hard – In fact it is a pretty safe bet you haven't looked for yourself at all.

      But what about studies showing there IS a link? there has been one. exactly one – and it has been shown to be a fraud. How ironic that the very people who like to suggest all those studies were faked by big pharma base their beliefs around someone who faked a study to make money from sick children. See this : http://jezebel.com/5726456/study-linking-autism-and-vaccines-was-a-deliberate-fraud

      Please please if you do nothing else, buy a book called 'The Panic Virus' and read it.

      As for you apparently being unable to find a credible study: http://tinyurl.com/8xhwsa2

      July 20, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • G Wilson

      Peter.. see link below.. the US Government has compensated families for vaccines that caused austim...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine_injury

      July 20, 2012 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
  20. mother of vaccinated whooping cough child

    Bordetella pertussis is SEVERLY underreported because a large percentage of the carriers have been vaccinated so they think (or their doctors think) they have a different infection. Many of these carriers have received the less effective, A-cellular version of the vaccine. The CDC is not reporting this information because they are afraid that people will stop getting vaccinated. Do your job, CDC!

    July 20, 2012 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • G Wilson

      Sadly, you're another example of vaccinated child who had Whooping cough. (84% in California were fully immunized) The original doses you're talking about had very bad side effects, one of them were PERMENANT SEIZURES. The risk has been reduce but not eliminated with the newer vaccines. If the vaccines didn't have any risk, I would immunize in a heart beat, but right now, the risk outway the infection. Also, they're giving this vaccine to pregnant women.. how scary is that?!

      July 20, 2012 at 11:34 | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra1981

      They are reluctant to admit that vaccines FAIL, it happens all the time. My daughter (unvaccinated) had WC at about the time she turned 1, it wasn't as scary as they make it out to be, her case was reported to the Health Department, but my husband's wasn't. How many cases really do go unreported due to doctors not willing to admit that the vaccine failed, or people just think they have a bad cold? Probably thousands.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • ohhellfire

      I wish doctors would be more honest with people "Yes this vaccine can fail and yes the immunity may not last long and yes the bacteria is mutating but the shot is the first line of defense, if you choose to have it, and in the event of the following symptoms come in for a test and we will be prepared to treated it immediatly to help the spread and help you". I think doctors would be surprised if they were honest and forthcoming with risks/benefits/limitations/successes – people may well trsut them MORE. I've been lied to by healthcare providers so many times I don't trust them. doctors need to be forthcoming. people have a right to the truth

      July 20, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
  21. Mike L.

    Vaccinations are not 100% effective. I was vaccinated as a child, (I’m 48 now) but still had Whooping Cough in March. You feel normal most of the time, but when you clear your throat, laugh, or just bend over it hits you. I literally felt like I was drowning. You cough out all your air and your respiratory system spasms and will not let you draw air back in. I grayed out many times, fell to the ground and lost all bodily function and urinated while struggling to breath, then your throw up. I NEVER want to go through that again. I took weeks to get over, but I still have it hit, though not as bad.
    I highly recommend a booster shot.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sitesonashoestring

      @Mike L.
      You can't be immunized as a child and expect to be protected at age 48! The WC vaccine only lasts 11 years, hence the booster....

      July 20, 2012 at 11:16 | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      My son, who was vaccinated, is 13 and he got pertussis this spring. My boyfriend, who is 42 also got it. Out of the three of us, I did not get it and I'm convinced it's because I received a booster while in the Air Force. Those poor guys coughed for a couple of months.

      July 20, 2012 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
  22. Larian LeQuella

    That people still fall for the anti-vax lies is just astounding. There is a reason medicine is called medicine, and alternative-medicine is called alternative. Because if it actually had any efficacy, it would be called medicine... And the Dr. Sears alternative schedule just nets the doctor more visits at a greater expense.

    Here is a simple list of items that debunk the lies and distortions presented by the anti-vax crowd: http://factsnotfantasy.com/vaccines.php

    July 20, 2012 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • G Wilson

      I read that article, and it's written by one person who uses the FDA and CDC as references. Those who are against vaccines are from stories from thousand of people who children were harmed from this vaccines and are trying to warn others of the danger... honestly, wait until the child is five, then work out a vaccine schedule... FYI for example, a baby under 1 years old would get 4 shots for Polio, but older than one years old, only needs one shot..

      Link on vaccine compensation from the US government:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine_injury

      July 20, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Since when has wikipedia been a citable source to prove any point? The article shows both points of view and says nothing either way.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
  23. Mike L.

    "mother of vaccinated whooping cough child" – You are correct. I had to talk my doctor into testing me because he did not think I had it. Doctors have not seen it enough to recognize the symptoms. Then there where people I know that had all of the symptoms, but doctors just gave antibiotics so they were less contagious, but never tested them for it. There is too much reporting paperwork required for the doctor if it is confirmed, so they just give the meds.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Melvin Painter

    How about that, and right after obama protects the illegal aliens and their anchor babies.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      as usual, some insane person tries to politicize this.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:40 | Report abuse |
  25. Tulaa

    Profits; that's all it is. Sell those dangerous vaccines. Get the "jab." Vaccines are dangerous and we don't know what's in the vaccine. It could be more dangerous that the disease.
    Creator endowed us with an IMMUNE SYSTEM. Keep our immune systems healthy and it will fend off disease.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      If you had one iota of sense you would realize that "big pharm" companies would make much more money off of people getting the diseases vaccines treated and then getting hospital care, then they make producing vaccines.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • davedave2

      ---–Let's rename Whooping Cough – Jenny McCarthy disease

      Remember – bleach in your hair, silcone in your chest OK – vaccine No Way

      July 20, 2012 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
    • yeah_you_do_that

      Your "Creator" endowed thousands of generations with an immune system that failed to fight off polio, measles, smallpox, and all sorts of other diseases. Most of those vaccinations were developed and given away for free.
      The people who develop them DO know what's in them – you could too if you bothered to look up facts instead of nonsense. Tell you what though – you go right ahead and cut yourself and your kids out of the gene pool. Thank you.

      July 20, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
  26. Curt

    Kennel Cough is caused by the same bacteria. I have seen 6 dogs with Kennel Cough in the last two weeks. I'd never seen it before this month. Keep your dogs away from dog parks for a while.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      No its not.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:23 | Report abuse |
  27. sid airfoil

    With the craze of opposition to vaccines recently I'm annoyed this article doesn't mention whether or not these people were vaccinated. That seems like kind of an important fact.

    Sid

    July 20, 2012 at 10:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Sarah

    Vaccinations just do not work and there is no scientific proof. There has never been and will never a douible blind study to prove either way. If a car company marketed a car and said it was 95% safe and would save you in a crash but never actually tested the car in a crash would you purchase it. That's effectively what people are doing when they get vaccinations. You take their word for it.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • K-switch

      Thank you Doctor Sarah MD. Try visiting websites not run by anti-vax conspiracy theorists.

      July 20, 2012 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • KGM

      Interesting Dr. Sarah – and just how many children have you held while their little bodies are racked with spasms from being unable to breathe and their lips turn blue because Mommy and Daddy (mostly Mommy) have decided that evil pharm companies just want to make money and really do not provide any benefit in the form of a vaccination for pertussis? I would venture to say......oh........NONE.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • you_cant_be_serious

      "Vaccinations just do not work and there is no scientific proof."

      Umm – did you or anybody you know die of polio? Measles? Mumps Smallpox? Tuberculosis? Any number of other diseases that USED to kill millions but don't after vaccines were created for them? That's millions and millions of cases of scientific proof, compared to 1 fraudulent/debunked study about autism, and a handful of anecdotal stories by people who don't understand basic science.

      July 20, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      The sad thing is that you actually believe that.

      July 20, 2012 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
  29. 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 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Dennis

    Results of the fringe people and their campaign against vaccinations. So diseases we once nearly eradicated are gaining a foothold again, all because clowns started the Vaccinations cause Autism crapolia. They are the same bunch against micro wave ovens ,cell phones etc. We are lucky there were not around years ago or the wheel, Electricity, and all would never been used today!

    July 20, 2012 at 11:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. K-switch

    I'm not gonna make any claims about vaccination's relation to this outbreak. I just don't undestand the anti-vaccination crowd at all. There are lots of vaccines proven to work, yet people are worried about a statisticaly insignificant unproven correlation to autism. Basically if you are against vaccination for fear your child may be autistic, you are saying,

    "I would rather my child die of a preventable desease than raise an autistic child."

    Period.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Its more then just a fear of autism, its a fear of the unknown. These kinds of people can't understand the way modern medicine works so they fear it. Or they don't partake in it because they feel like the big pharm companies and hospital system are only in it to make money. In their fear they think the only logical thing to do is to tear down that which they do not understand.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse |
  32. *Molly

    I've got it and it's a nightmare. I've missed three weeks of work and counting. Cough is unbelievable and has cracked a riib. Get a booster.

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

      @Molly – sorry that you're dealing with this – I had improperly diagnosed whooping cough and lingering symptoms last year from September 1, 2011 – January 25, 2012 – they don't call it the Cough of 100 Days for nothing – I had a four day hospital stay because I was dianosed with pnuemonia and STILL was undiagnosed with whooping cough because there is (according to my physician) a very brief window in which you can test positive for pertussis. I agree with you, GET THE BOOSTER, People! Cracked ribs, strained back muscles, thowing up, gray outs from lack of oxygen when my lungs spasmed, had to sleep sitting upright all night long so that my saliva wouldn't 'catch' in the back of my throat and throw me into a coughing fit so bad that I couldn't make it to the bathroom in time. I missed more work than I care to admit and it disrupted my family life enormously. All you anti-vaccination people had better think about what happens to an infant or child's body when they contract this disease – if an adult in normally pretty good shape is knocked to the ground by it, think about how it can kill your child. Molly, I hope you feel better soon!

      July 20, 2012 at 12:46 | Report abuse |
  33. Jack

    I think I just figured it out. Anti-vaxers are obsesed with dead baby jokes and need new material.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. davedave2

    Let's rename Whooping Cough - Jenny McCarthy disease

    Remember – bleach in your hair, silcone in your chest OK - vaccine No Way

    July 20, 2012 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Forrest

    Big Whoop.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Richard Harris

    The whooping cough epidemic is primarily due to utter ignorance of MEDICAL FACTS in the media. Jim Carey,Jenny McCarthy,
    and other "experts" convinced the media and many other ignorant people to buy the connectioon between vaccines & autism.
    Complete BS!! Where are they now? Perpetrarting another vile hoax on the USA? I doubt Carey or McCarthy feel any guilt about
    the harm they have done. The media–as usual–are totally blameless (according to them).Louis Pasteur was subjected to every
    kind of abuse by the French Academy,but somehow he persevered. Vaccines are the bedrock of any health care system.DUH!!What don't Americans understand about this? Richard Harris,MD PO Box 364 DePere,WI 54115 920/915-2890

    July 20, 2012 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. gen. lee

    This is exactly what the republicans want in America

    July 20, 2012 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Mr Grumpy

    The amount of ignorance displayed in these comments is staggering. And we are expected to govern ourselves? This is why democracy will ultimately fail.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. keith royle

    CDC and FDA are the most corrupt agencies in the US and are responsible for thousands of deaths with no accountability. These vaccines are a scam and need to be banned.Greed is the only thing that drives these devils

    July 20, 2012 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      If you had one iota of sense you would realize that "big pharm" companies would make much more money off of people getting the diseases vaccines prevented and then getting hospital care, then they make producing vaccines.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • yellownumberfive

      If only stupidity were fatal.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
  40. keith royle

    Look at the state of Americans today, they are the most obese nation on the planet, cancer, diabetes , heart problems , high blood pressure are all on an epidemic scale and you want us to believe what these idiots say.Most of the US population are walking around so medicated they can not think straight, just look at the politicians you elected, thats proof alone.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. yellownumberfive

    This is your fault Jenny McCarthy, you and the morons that believed you.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. AnitaDrink (After reading these comments)

    @Bobby, you had me until I got to this part: "As a parent I have a right to not jeopardize my child's future fertility by giving him questionable drugs. Yes you heard me correctly, many of these so called vaccines are nothing more than long term population control, and many simply don't work. Think before you post."

    Think before you post? Seriously? Vaccine manufacturers have a secret hidden agenda/diabolical scheme to kill people off? How could that possibly be in their best interests as for-profit corporations? Sure, they'd sell a boatload of meds when someone, likely a child and maybe your own, gets sick with a preventable disease, but dead people don't need pharmaceuticals. Control the population enough and profits will suffer.

    I know rational thought analysis isn't your strong suit, and I doubt my point will make a dent in your paranoia. One can only hope and pray that your boy remains healthy despite his father's failure to adequately protect his health and that of every child with which his son comes in contact.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr Grumpy

      I'm buying.....

      July 20, 2012 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  43. Aine57

    The whooping cough epidemic is simply due to parents' failing to vaccinate their children against it. It is not just a "conservative thing." Jenny McCarthy and Bill Maher both oppose vaccinations. Children who CAN'T be vaccinated used to have "herd immunity" since those around them were vaccinated and they were less likely to be exposed, but no longer. There are also illnesses which are very dangerous for adults that are being spread by these unvaccinated children.

    July 20, 2012 at 13:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cleopatra1981

      Well, if these adults had these diseases as children, they wouldn't have to worry about them in adulthood, life-long immunity doesn't come from a needle. Vaccines only postpone the disease.

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

      If they had these diseases as children they wouldn't have to worry about being an adult as they would have good odds of being dead. Go walk thru a grave prior to Salk.

      July 20, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
  44. Joe

    Way to go Jenny McCarthy, spreading lies and killing babies so you can find something to blame for your kids autism.

    July 20, 2012 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. grumpy

    Why is everyone blaming Jenny? She's not the one making people stupid.

    Those who believe believe vaccines are generally harmful are stupid to begin with, and Jenny McCarthy has nothing to do with it. She's just a convenient target, but it's not her fault.

    I think the main culprit is being home-schooled by idiots.

    July 20, 2012 at 13:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. keith royle

    Andrew...............rubbish, I bet most of the pro vaccine posters are on numerous unneeded medications.The drug companies are in cohoots with the Food industry, its the best scam apart from religion.They produce food that makes us sick then we go to the doctor and they give us medicine that does not cure what we have but creates adverse side effects that we then need more medication for, its amazing that the main stream populations falls for this, it just go to show how stupid most americans are.

    July 20, 2012 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      Do you even know what you're saying? The food industry is in cohorts with the drug industry? Next thing you'll be tell me is the unicorns formed a union with the leprechauns to get all the little people's gold. Do you know what goes into becoming a doctor? Do you think drug companies give medical school classes on which drugs to prescribe to patients? Or are you suggesting that doctors intentionally harm their patients? Do you think medical school is a joke and that the students are all mindless sheep of drug companies? I did not give up the best years of my life to become a doctor and help people overcome illness to be criticized by someone who doesn't even know how the scientific method works. Or do you simply not know how a business works? See, the company selling a product wouldn't want that product to get their customers sick. That would be stupid and bad for business. Not to mention the fact that the companies that produce vaccines aren't the same companies that make the medications used to treat those illnesses. See, different drug companies have labs that focus on particular medications. Most of the stuff used to treat these diseases has been around for years, the patents have expired on the drugs, and the "big pharm" companies make next to nothing selling them. Just trying to understand where your views are coming from, and what evidence they're based off of.

      July 20, 2012 at 22:38 | Report abuse |
  47. OldLarry

    Another example of what happens when science courses are dumbed down so little Janie and little Bobby can feel good about themselves by getting A's. Understand the scientific method. Learn how to evaluate information and data critically. Nah, too hard. Let's teach Creationism instead.

    July 20, 2012 at 14:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Matt

    Another reason to enforce our borders. Its no secret any doctor will tell (whos not politically indoctrinated), that its coming from South of the border. If were not going to enforce the laws of this country, maybe we can at least medically screen people who are caught crossing the border illegally. Just a thought, remember the dont have all the advanced medical treatments and facilitys we do. Only problem Obama will make me pay for that too! Damned if you do, Damned if you dont!

    July 20, 2012 at 14:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Bart L

    I made a list of symptoms and possible treatments at "whooping cough". Everyone can influence the result by sharing there knowledge about it. This way we can improve the quality of health.
    I hope we can help eachother by this way.
    The website is: http://shar.es/tEy3M

    July 20, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Paula Inc

    If only there were a vaccine against all the stupidity that's been posted here....

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