The Whooping Cough Vaccine Is Much Safer Than If Your Child Contracts Whopping Cough.
Some parents are dead set against vaccines. While I support parents to make the correct vaccination decisions for their own...
Some parents are dead set against vaccines. While I support parents to make the correct vaccination decisions for their own infants, here's something to consider... Ten babies have died this year due to pertussis (whooping cough). Each of these deaths could have been prevented with the DTaP immunization. This year alone there have been 5,978 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of whooping cough, which is the highest amount of cases reported since 1950. According to health officials, this isn't even close to being over though. With about 2 months left in 2010, there's a very good chance that 2010 will end up seeing record highs in whooping cough cases. The latest fatality was a premature baby, who was being treated in San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital. Of the ten fatalities this year all were babies and all babies who died, minus one had not received any kind of whooping cough vaccine. One little girl who died, had gotten her first DTaP dose, but not her second yet and 15 days after developed whooping cough symptoms and later died. If you're against vaccines, I'd highly suggest you get the facts about whooping cough before making a final decision. Whooping cough is highly contagious, spreading quickly and it's not pretty. Symptoms include; cold-like symptoms that turn into severe episodes of coughing; vomiting; short loss of consciousness; fever; and diarrhea. Major complications include - pneumonia; convulsions; seizure disorder (permanent), nose bleeds; ear infections; brain damage; cerebral hemorrhage; mental retardation; and death. Also consider that while there is medication to treat whooping cough, most cases are diagnosed too late, thus making antibiotics ineffective. All in all whooping cough kills more people than the whooping cough vaccine. In fact, serious allergic reaction is only reported in less than 1 out of a million doses of this vaccine. The odds of getting whooping cough aren't as slim though. In 2008 the CDC reported more than 13,000 cases, including 18 deaths from whooping cough in the USA alone.
- Learn more about whooping cough.
- Learn more about the whooping cough vaccine (pdf).
- Should babies get multiple vaccines?