Deadly Whooping Cough on the rise

. Sunday, August 15

It's not a disease we thought we'd see again, not after decades of an effective vaccination against it, but NPR reports that "Deadly Whooping Cough, Once Wiped Out, Is Back." In just one year, Pertussis cases have increased to the tune of 8 times more cases this year than last in California alone.

The reemergence of a once-controlled disease can be attributed to the possibility that vaccinations are tied to autism and parents' reluctance to take that risk. What is also a contributing factor is that adults also get the disease that manifests as a persistent cough, and pass it on to infants who then die from the disease.

The medical community has failed to inform adults that a Whooping Cough booster is recommended every 10 years.

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