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Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise
KRQE News (NM) - 10/15/11
The number of confirmed and suspected cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, continues to rise with more than half of them in Bernalillo County. The New Mexico Department of Health reported Friday there have been 118 confirmed and probable cases and another 27 suspected cases of the contagious respiratory infection statewide since Jan. 1. Of those 81 of the confirmed and probable cases and 16 of the suspect cases are in Bernalillo County. State health Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said that's more cases than would be expected in Bernalillo County and that the DOH is investigating cases in schools and elsewhere.
Whooping Cough Killing Washington Babies
KEPR CBS-19 (WA) - 10/6/11
Very young infants in our state are getting pertussis (whooping cough) at much higher rates than people of other ages. The rate of whooping cough in babies is nearly 10 times greater than the combined rate of all people of all ages in Washington. Already this year, 58 infants younger than one year old have been diagnosed with whooping cough. Twenty-two of them were hospitalized, including two that died. Of the 22 babies who were hospitalized, 18 were three months old or younger.
Dr. Dustin Ballard: The good, bad and ugly about vaccine news
Marin Independent Journal (CA) - 10/3/11
Vaccines are back in the news. In fact, the past few weeks have brought several related stories, which as a vaccine advocate, I would categorize as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
AAP Updates Several Vaccine Recommendations
Nurse.com - 9/30/11
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updates to several recommendations for vaccines, including one for the hepatitis A virus.
Hundreds of San Mateo County School Kids Lag on Whooping Cough Vaccine
San Francisco Examiner - 9/28/11
Hundreds of students in San Mateo County and thousands across California have yet to get the whooping cough vaccine mandated by the state, forcing some to stay home from school. Dozens more have refused it on philosophical grounds. A state law passed last year requires seventh- through 12th-graders to get the vaccine by the start of the school year. The deadline was later pushed back 30 days and some schools have received additional extensions. There is no firm tally of unvaccinated kids, but as of last Friday, eight districts reported 617 such students, San Mateo County health officer Dr. Scott Morrow said.
New Guidelines for Whooping Cough and Polio Vaccines Announced
Fox News - 9/26/11
The nation's largest group of pediatricians announced new guidelines today regarding the use of the whooping cough booster and polio vaccines. Among the changes, adults who will have close contact with infants younger than one year old should receive a whooping cough booster (called Tdap, because the vaccine contains protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whopping cough, also called pertussis), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a policy statement. The vaccine is not licensed for adults over 65, but it can be given to persons in this group if they will be close to infants.
11,000 Students Enter California Schools Without Required Vaccines
Atlantic - 9/26/11
Last year, 10 babies died and more than 9,000 people were sickened when whooping cough spread throughout California. Last week, officials said there were 28 reported cases of measles in the state, a 10-year high.
In Calif. No Vaccination Means No School
CBS Evening News - 9/24/11
In California, where memories of last year's whooping cough outbreak are still fresh, students have just days to comply with a mandatory vaccination law. But not everyone is falling willingly into line, as CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports. At Southgate High School in Los Angeles, it's been a painful start to the new year. Under pressure to comply with a new statewide mandate, nurses are doling out shots as fast as they can.
More U.S. 'Tweens' Getting Recommended Vaccines
HealthDay - 9/6/11
Growing numbers of 11- and 12-year-olds are receiving their recommended vaccines, which could indicate that resistance to children's inoculations is lessening in the United States.
Survey Shows More U.S. Children Getting Vaccines
Reuters - 9/1/11
More young children are getting immunized in the United States for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.
Vaccine Safety: New Report Finds Few Adverse Events Linked to Immunizations
TIME - 8/25/11
In a new report investigating adverse events caused by vaccines, a panel of experts says there are relatively few health problems caused by the most commonly recommended immunizations, which public health experts advise that all children receive. The conclusions, issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its latest report, "Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality," represent the most comprehensive review of the available literature on the potential side effects of eight vaccines – for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR); chickenpox; influenza; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; human papillomavirus (HPV); diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); and meningococcus.
Doctors See Chinks in Vaccination Armor
Los Angeles Times - 8/5/11
As students return to middle schools and high schools in California this fall, they will need more than fresh notebooks and apples for their teachers. Thanks to a state law that took effect last month, students entering grades 7 through 12 will need proof that they received a vaccine for whooping cough. The law was prompted by last year's outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory infection, which is also known as pertussis. Nearly 9,500 cases were reported in California, the most in 65 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ten patients died; all of them were infants, including nine who were too young to be vaccinated.
Bill Would Give Reprieve on Pertussis Shot
SignOnSanDiego - 7/14/11
California lawmakers have given schools a 30-day grace period to enforce a state law that requires a whooping cough booster shot for students entering grades 7 through 12 this year. Both houses of the Legislature on Thursday passed SB 614, emergency legislation from Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, that allows schools to conditionally admit students who don't immediately have proof they have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease formally called pertussis.
L.A. Unified Takes New Tack on Whooping Cough Vaccine
Los Angeles Times - 7/7/11
Los Angeles school nurses on Wednesday exhausted their entire supply of 600 doses of the whooping cough vaccine on students who began their academic year this week at area campuses that are on a year-round schedule. But officials came up with a new strategy that they hope will keep hundreds of students in class.
CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
HealthDay - 6/22/11
Pregnant women should be vaccinated against the whooping cough, an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. It recommended that the vaccination be given in the late second or third trimester. The endorsement was a change from the panel's previous recommendation to wait until immediately after women give birth.
Chicago Hospital Works to Keep Infants Safe from Whooping Cough
Chicago Parent - 4/22/11
Shea O'Machel was born on September 11, 2004, a few days late but healthy and a chubby 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Her parents brought her back to their Deerfield home to join her older brother, Finn. But three weeks later, the O'Machels noticed something was wrong. Shea hadn't gained any weight and she was fussy. And that cough - like nothing her parents had ever heard. With each spasm, her little body shook, she turned blue and threw up. When it was over, there was a long rasp as she struggled to breathe again. That's the telltale sound of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious disease that can cause severe respiratory infections.
State Sees 72% Increase in Whooping Cough
Daily Press (Virginia) - 4/7/11
Virginia has seen a 72 percent increase in reported cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, according to the state health department. About 30 cases have been reported in Floyd County, southwest of Roanoke, prompting a private school to temporarily close.
State Sees 72% Increase in Whooping Cough
Daily Press (Virginia) - 4/7/11
Virginia has seen a 72 percent increase in reported cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, according to the state health department. About 30 cases have been reported in Floyd County, southwest of Roanoke, prompting a private school to temporarily close.
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