Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.
It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.
Vaccinate. Vaccinate, you fools.
“When we’ve looked historically, we’ve seen nothing like this,” she said. “We’re taking this very seriously.”
But here is something I don’t quite get.
Patti emphasized that pertussis isn’t spreading because of an anti-vaccine movement. Among possible reasons for the recent spike are that diagnoses in teens and adults are getting better and doctors are doing a better job with reporting, she added.
Health officials say the disease tends to return in three-to-five-year cycles because the immunity wears off. So the solution is to vaccinate. But there is such a scare campaign currently going on over vaccinations, how could that NOT be contributing. Many small children have never been vaccinated. Wouldn’t they be potential carriers to their younger siblings?
That part does not make sense. But what makes sense is to vaccinate.