Orange County health officials said a baby died from whooping cough last week.
This is the first whooping cough death the county has seen in decades. Officials said it’s been at least 20 years or more since someone died of the disease.
Officials said the family chose not to vaccinate their child. Some parents are choosing not to fully vaccinate their children because they worry there is a link between the vaccinations and autism.
“A lot of people may not know (that) even the person who did that study admitted that study was flawed,” Weister said.
Last year, Orange County had one case of measles and 42 cases of pertussis. This year there have already been four cases of measles and 12 cases of pertussis.
Now they’re urging parents to have their kids immunized to prevent another whooping cough death.
This commentary appeared in an Australian paper. Australians have been at the forefront of the anti-vax debate as the former “Australian Vaccination Network” (now ordered to change their name because they are clearly ANTI-vaccination) gained media credibility, spread their nonsense, and then experienced the subsequent discrediting. We need this message in the states:
People who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting the disease. The reason most unvaccinated people do not get measles is due to responsible parents getting their children vaccinated and building a wall of protection around their community.
These viral diseases require a certain percentage of the population to be unvaccinated in order to run riot. As vaccination rates fall, the chances of an epidemic increase. When one breaks out, people die, as in Britain. Yes, people die from measles, which is why we vaccinate against it.
We have a moral responsibility for the health of our children and this has to dominate any other belief systems we hold. Even worse, by not vaccinating children, we are putting other people’s children at risk, as well as our own. If another child dies of measles, or whooping cough, or meningitis, and was infected by our own, non-vaccinated child, are we partly responsible?
GET THE POINT, parents. Not vaccinating? Then why buckle up your child in car seat, why keep an eye on the family dog when its with the child, why allow them to play on the playground. Being a responsible caregiver means you listen to the evidence that says your child may be harmed and this prevention is safe and worth it.