In yet another “victory” for the anti-vaxxers (if it can be called that): California is officially in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic. Over the last two weeks there have been 800 cases of the serious, and sometimes fatal, disease. Overall, California reported over 3,000 cases of whooping cough between Jan. 1 and Jun. 10. What’s worse is that, for every case of whooping cough reported, there are likely 10 more that aren’t.
The state’s health department has officially declared an epidemic. This disease is spread when infected people cough, and so it can spread rapidly. It’s most dangerous to infants and very young children, and is a particular problem for babies too young for their vaccines, and children who, for one reason or another, can’t get vaccinated and depend on everyone else’s immunity to protect them. Since whooping cough is a bacterial infection, it’s possible to catch it more than once.
While California historically has had higher vaccination rates than the rest of the country, there are huge enclaves of anti-vaxxers living there. Mill Valley is one such enclave in California in which they have an unusually low-rate of vaccination. Terrifyingly, even board-certified pediatricians living in Mill Valley think vaccines are messing with nature.
The whooping cough vaccine isn’t foolproof; even adults need boosters occasionally. This makes staying up-to-date with your vaccines even more important as whooping cough, mumps, measles, and even polio, make comebacks. What’s sad is that, as more facts about the safety and efficacy of vaccines is made known, the more likely it is that the anti-vaxxers will dig their heels in and refuse to vaccinate their children.
The anti-vax movement is dangerous and this epidemic proves it. So, thanks, anti-vaxxers, for your contribution to the comeback of these serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.
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