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Week in Review: Pertussis cases in California

By Amy Pisani

The recent conference call hosted by Every Child By Two about preventing the spread of pertussis couldn’t have come at a better time.  Joined by Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician and author based in Austin, TX, and Danielle Romaguera, the mother of a child who lost her life to pertussis, we were able to have a pretty passionate discussion with some of the smartest child health advocates and bloggers that we know.  Recent cases of pertussis in California are further evidence that this disease presents a significant threat to children across our country.  It remains extremely important that parents understand ALL of the options at hand to protect their children–and themselves–from preventable diseases, like pertussis, that embody major risks to public health.  Recent articles that may interest you include:

  • “San Mateo County officials work to stem whooping cough,” San Jose Mercury News


  • “Vaccination role unclear in whooping cough outbreak,” CNN


  • “State’s whooping cough surge may be tied to lagging immunization rate,” Los Angeles Times


  • “Health Buzz: Whooping cough epidemic strikes California,” U.S. News & World Report


If you have thoughts on any of these articles, please leave us a comment.

  1. June 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Vaccination is the most sure-fire way to protect our loved ones from preventable diseases. My son and I will be vaccinated later this week. Thanks for spreading the word!

    Jessica W. Holt
    Rancho Cucamonga, California


  2. Helen Rizzo
    June 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    HEY! I’M TALKIN’ TO YOU! GET VACCINATED FOR PERTUSSIS! My 5 wk old son got pertussis during an outbreak in Massachusetts in 1990. He got it from my mother!! Pneumonia, hospitalization, the whole 9 yards. He was very seriously ill and suffered with respiratory sequela for several years. I did not know I needed a pertussis revacc until this year!! Just got my DPT and proud of it. NO grandkid of mine will get pertussis from me!!!


  3. Theresa
    July 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Just came back from vacation in California and whole family, is sick with Pertussis like symptoms. :-(..me more so that my other family members.


  4. Marlene
    July 13, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I have done a lot of research on this and they are noticing now that some strands of the Pertussis bacteria are resistant to the vaccine… Vaccines are not always the Holy Water to everything, when we overdo things bacterias get stronger and more agressive… I am not saying don’t vaccine or do, I think we just have to be careful because over-vaccinating can backslash later on, just like it happened with antibiotics… Chances are the strand that is causing this come back of the disease is the one that is already resistant to the vaccine, otherwise it wouldn’t be thriving in vaccinated populations…


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