Infant Deaths from Whooping Cough
- October 8, 2013
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hello all. One of the biggest issues facing parents today is whether or not to vaccinate a child . Yesterday I mentioned on our Facebook page that I had given my children the flu shot (and that one of them had an inflamed upper arm) and I quickly learned that many mothers active on our page are opting not to give the flu shot.
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My family has chosen to follow our doctor’s recommended vaccination schedule with our children and we do get the flu shot. We came to this decision after consulting with our doctor and family members as well who are doctors.
Realizing that all parents don’t do or see things the same way, I nonetheless think that we all have to be aware of the facts surrounding these issues.
On Monday of this week, ABC News reported that in 2010, an pertussis outbreak, also known as the whooping cough, in California infected 9,120 people and was linked to 10 infant deaths. A new study published in the journal, Pediatrics confirms that this whooping cough outbreak was a result of parents deciding not to vaccinate their children.
The pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is given as part of the DTaP or Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis. The CDC recommends that children receive the DTaP at five different times: at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, again at 15-18 months, and at 4-6 years of age.
The ABC article also explained that according to the CDC, about half of the infants less than 1 year old who get pertussis will be hospitalized. And that of those hospitalized, one or two out of 100 will die.
Please share your thoughts and experiences with the DTaP and vaccines generally in the comments and thank you so much for coming to CloudMom.
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