California Health Officials Warn of Whooping Cough Epidemic

June 15, 2014 10:30 am · 17 comments

California is currently experiencing a whooping cough epidemic, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Public health officials said more than 800 new cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been reported in the last two weeks.

Some 3,458 cases of whooping cough had been reported to the health department this year as of June 10 – more cases than were reported in all of 2013, according to department officials.

Health officials said whooping cough is cyclical and that cases peak every three to five years. The last peak was in 2010, so this year could be another peak year, officials say.

Infants and young children are most vulnerable to whooping cough.

Symptoms vary by age but include a cough and runny nose for one or two weeks. The cough then worsens and children may experience rapid coughing spells that end with a “whooping” sound.

In infants, symptoms may not include an apparent cough, but could include episodes in which the child’s face turns red or purple.

In adults, symptoms may include a persistent cough for several weeks.

1 Anon June 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Illegal aliens and idiot parents who don’t vaccinate.

2 Noj June 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Third world California

3 The Realist June 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Pro-Anti-Vax’rs chiming in …3…2…1

It’s basic science, noobs. Vaccinate your demon-spawn.

4 TinFoiler June 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Yawn! 80% WERE vaccinated.
How about people learn to cover it up with they cough or sneeze instead of acting like it’s some badge of pride to sneeze all over everyone!!!

5 SKS June 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

2x with 1 and 2….

Illegals (many more OTM these days) are pouring over the border, stealing public resources, and likely creating the health hazard/epidemic.

You spineless and ‘nadless liberals are idiots.

6 sf_citygirl June 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

And the fun begins.

7 Dorothy June 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Too many see the hyper warnings about vaccinations and believe it all – hook, line, and sinker. Don’t just blame the illegal kids or their parents.

8 Go East young man June 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I’m so sick of this liberal state. I can’t wait to get the h&11 out of here.

9 Dr. Dick June 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Let’s not forget our friends, the homeless. They gave one of my patients Diptheria last year. They also act as a huge unvaccinated pool in society. I still blame Jenny McCarthy for saying the preservative in vaccines causes autism, and the idiots who listen to her.

10 Anon June 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

“Waaa all these comments hurt my feelings, I’m gonna sue!! WAAA”

Average Californian

11 Shelly June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

#8, Yeah, sure.

12 slagheap June 15, 2014 at 11:42 PM

@ GoEast, #8 – that makes two of us, cause i can’t wait ’till you leave, either. i hear bangladesh is nice this time of year, and don’t forget to write.

13 warbirds45 June 16, 2014 at 5:28 AM

our daughter contracted Whooping Cough in 2009, she was in and out of Children’s Hospital for almost 4 years.
The virus led to a brain infection, she almost lost her life twice.
It is a very scary experience.

14 Han Solo June 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM

My throat feels a little scratchy

15 Stick em up June 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

The dTaP vaccine is only effective 80-90% of the time…so do the math ppl! Even if every single person was vaccinated properly throughout childhood, we are still likely to see whooping cough occur. So don’t tell me for one second that the “Anti-vaxers” are to blame! You guys need to do your research!

Here’s info straight from the CDC website:

“Getting sick with pertussis or getting pertussis vaccines doesn’t provide lifelong protection, which means you can still get pertussis and pass it onto infants.
Pertussis vaccines are effective, but not perfect. They typically offer high levels of protection within the first 2 years of getting vaccinated, but then protection decreases over time. This is known as waning immunity. Similarly, natural infection may also only protect you for a few years.
In general, DTaP vaccines are 80-90% effective.”

Check it for yourself if you don’t believe me: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html

16 Overwhelmed June 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I was told by a doctor that any immunization is only to minimize the virus effects. The shot do not eradicate any virus. I found this out because my son had gotten measles even after being immunized. He also had the mumps, and chicken pox.

17 NoMoreFreeRide June 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Couldn’t agree more with Anon!

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