Friday, August 10, 2012
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 Will County Health Department 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 …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Preventable diseases are on the rise.
Gracie, now 6 months, had her next round of vaccinations. It puts me at ease to know I'm protecting her from so many preventable diseases. Still, I find so many moms out there who still think that some vaccinations are linked to Autism. That is a fallacy that has been refuted by all the world's major medical associations. Here are links to the research, including the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and The National Institutes of Health. Even the British Medical Journal that originally published the article has rebuked it, calling it a "fraud" with "bogus data." "Clear evidence of falsification of data should now close the door on this damaging vaccine scare," in a British Medical Journal article titled "Wakefield…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
New state rule designed to combat whooping cough outbreaks that have occurred annually in schools since 2010, Will County Health Department Says.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In response to the pertussis/whooping cough outbreaks of the last two years, all sixth- and ninth-grade students will have to provide proof they've received a booster vaccine when enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. The Will County Health Department put out the notice this week to alert parents to the state change that requires students at those two grade levels to have one dose of the tentanus/diptheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccine. Any student who fails to the get shot will not be allowed to attend school, the health department news release said. Last December, a fifth of the 25 whooping cough cases reported in Will County involved Plainfield residents. Whooping cough/pertussis is a potentially dangerous bacterial disease that's …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Although the numbers remain relatively low so far, Plainfield has had four cases and the Will County portion of Naperville has seen 11, the county health department says.
One-fifth of the total number of this year's whooping cough cases in Will County have been in Plainfield, according to statistics released by the county health department. While the county has far fewer cases than some neighboring counties -- just 25 total so far -- four have been reported in Plainfield and another 11 in the Will County portion of Naperville, health department spokesman Vic Reato said. Last year, there were just 18 cases reported, statistics show. Cumulatively, there have been 1,101 cases reported in Illinois as of Dec. 7 compared to 1,056 in all of 2010. Because the numbers indicate an outbreak of pertussis, the medical name for whooping cough, the county's infectious disease control division has issued an alert and is …