Whooping Cough

12:08pm

Mon February 24, 2014

12:46pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Whooping Cough

69 More Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Colorado In Two Weeks

December saw the highest number of pertussis cases reported in 2013.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1:21pm

Wed December 11, 2013
Personal Belief Exemption

Colorado's Personal Belief Exemption Target Of New Report

States, including Colorado with personal belief exemptions. The report explored whether this option should have more restrictions in Colorado
Credit The Keystone Center / Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The Colorado Department of Health released a report with recommendations seeking to restrict the ways parents can opt out of immunizing their children against childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

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2:56pm

Thu November 14, 2013
Health

New October Whooping Cough Cases Push Colo. Total Over 1,000

Officials are warning that people should check to make sure their childhood whooping cough vaccine is up-to-date.
Douglas Demaio Army Medicine

Another 100 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis were reported in Colorado during the last two weeks of October. Jefferson and Boulder counties had the highest number of cases.

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7:58am

Mon September 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Vaccine Refusals Fueled California's Whooping Cough Epidemic

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:22 am

A student gets vaccinated against pertussis at a Los Angeles middle school in 2012. The state required that students be immunized to halt an epidemic of whooping cough.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When the whooping cough vaccine was invented in the 1940s, doctors thought they had finally licked the illness, which is especially dangerous for babies. But then it came roaring back.

In 2010, a whooping cough outbreak in California sickened 9,120 people, more than in any year since 1947. Ten infants died; babies are too young to be vaccinated.

Public health officials suspected that the increased numbers of parents who refused to vaccinate their children played a role, but they couldn't be sure.

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