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Whooping Cough Cases Already Higher Than 2011

Health experts are urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated; booster shot proof required for sixth- and ninth-graders.

The number of Will County whooping cough cases in 2012 has already surpassed the total number reported for all of 2011 -- 34 this year vs. 28 in 2011.

As a result, the is joining with the Northern Illinois Health Consortium to urge parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up to date so they can prevent them from contracting the illness. 

This year, the state of Illinois has a new requirement that for sixth- and ninth-grade students must show proof of having received a single dose of Tdap, the whooping cough (also known as pertussis) booster vaccination.

“Diseases that have been practically eliminated in the U.S. are just a plane ride away, so while we are seeing near record low cases of some vaccine-preventable diseases here, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist and are a threat,” Dr. Julie Morita, medical director of the Chicago Department of Public Health Immunization Program, said in a media release.

While most vaccine-preventable diseases have become rare, some outbreaks still occur, the release said.

In Illinois, more than 1,500 cases of whooping cough were reported in 2011, with the majority of cases in children under 18 years of age, an increase of more than 40 percent in 2011, the release said.

Through July 2012, Illinois had already recorded more than 1,200 cases, putting it fifth in the country for number of caes. The only states with a higher number are Wisconsin, Washington, Minnesota and New York.

Most children are vaccinated against whooping cough before entering kindergarten. However, a booster dose (Tdap) is necessary because protection from the pre-school vaccines decreases over time.

To reduce the number of whooping cough cases, children 11 and older and unvaccinated adults should receive this booster as soon as possible. Whooping cough is easily transmitted in schools.

Parents should discuss Tdap and all recommended vaccines with their healthcare providers when taking children for back-to-school physicals. For vaccination schedules, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.

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oldschool August 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM
The rise in all types of easily prevented diseases is the result of all the fear and misconceptions regarding childhood vaccination. For many diseases we are losing our herd immunity because parents are refusing vaccines. We are living in an era of scientific idiocy.
Brandon Andreasen August 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM
When the study came out and said immunizations caused Autism, everyone had a panic attack and freaked out. Unfortunately, those same people don't want to believe the fact that the guy in charge of the study admitted to lying and found that there was no link between the two.
oldschool August 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Great point, check out the book "The panic virus". Of note is the researcher who lied also was also working with a company that was developing their own MMR vaccine....

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