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To Do: Create a Cocoon of Safety (prevent Pertussis)


If you thought the whooping cough (pertussis) was behind us, think again. It's the only vaccine-preventable disease that has recently been on the rise.  In fact, reported incidence of infant pertussis in the US has tripled since the 1980s. As of March 2012, pertussis outbreaks in Oregon, Washington, California, and Vermont have reached epidemic proportions.  And this week's Winston-Salem Journal featured a story about the pertussis outbreak right here in the Triad.  

It's no coincidence that many of the states with the hightest rates of pertussis also have high rates of vaccine refusal, but even parents who comply with all the scheduled vaccine recommendations could, indavertantly, be putting their children at risk.    And young infants are hardest hit by pertussis.  Studies have shown that 94% of deaths due to pertussis occur in infants less than 4 months of age.  Researchers have found, that when a source was identified, in up to 80% of infant pertussis cases, babies caught the disease from a family member, primarily a parent.

What can you do?  Create a "cocoon" of safety.  Cocooning is the name for the practice of protecting a vulnerable individual (in this case, your infant) from infection by vaccinating all those who come in contact with them. Ask any adult who will be caring for a young infant (under 1 year of age) to receive a Tdap booster (this includes parents, grandparents, childcare providers, etc.)

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    The education brought the best science achievements just think that if we have no doctors no medicines then what will we do. The healthy society means that a productive society. If the people of any economy are not healthy how they can perform their duties.

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