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Unprotected People Reports: Pertussis

Real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases

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HTML   PDF 18 days "Ramona's Story" Report #106: "Pertussis (whooping cough) is a serious disease! It is most dangerous for babies, but anyone can become seriously ill from it. As Ramona Town Rae now knows, adults should also get vaccinated against whooping cough to protect themselves, their families and friends, and babies they may be in contact with." 12/6/13
HTML   PDF 18 days "Newborn's death emphasizes need to consider pertussis in differential diagnosis of coughing adults" Report #76: A mother with undiagnosed pertussis infects her three children and many members of her extended family; her newborn son dies of the disease.
 
6/23/05
HTML   PDF 1 wk., 4 yrs.,
7 wks.
"Parents helpless as children battle pertussis" Report #74: Three parents recount the suffering their young children endured during life-and-death struggles with pertussis. 5/25/05
HTML   PDF  Infant "Infant dies after contracting pertussis from adult family members" Report #72: A 29-day-old infant's death underscores the need to protect nonimmunized or partially immunized infants from exposure to persons with cough illness. 2/1/05
HTML   PDF Infants "Pertussis claims life of Texas infant" Report #55: A newborn becomes ill at 13 days, is diagnosed with pertussis at 25 days, and dies at 27 days. 5/30/03
HTML   PDF Infants "Pertussis Deaths-United States, 2000" Report #47: Seventeen U.S. infants die from pertussis in 2000. 7/25/02
HTML   PDF 4 yrs. "Nick: A close call with whooping cough" Report #23: Responding to media stories about adverse effects of the vaccine, a couple halts their son's DTaP series after the first shot. When the boy turns four, he is hospitalized with whooping cough. 2/29/00
HTML   PDF Infants "Pertussis claims the lives of two infants" Report #10: Two San Francisco Bay Area infants die of pertussis within a month of each other.
 
1/7/99
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