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    Donna G Guest

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    CDC: Whooping cough epidemic worst in 50 years


    The bacterial infection also known as pertussis can be very serious for
    children under the age of 12 months. The biggest outbreak is currently
    in Washington State, where there were more than 3,000 cases through July
    14. NBC's Robert Bazell reports.

    By Maggie Fox, NBC News

    Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States
    in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re
    calling for mass vaccination of adults.

    The epidemic has killed nine babies so far and babies are by far the
    most vulnerable to the disease, also known as pertussis, the U.S.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The best way to protect
    them is to vaccinate the adults around them, and to vaccinate pregnant
    women so their babies are born with some immunity.

    As of today, nationwide nearly 18,000 cases have been reported to the
    CDC, the CDCs Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters in a conference call,
    That is nearly twice as many as reported last year. We may be on track
    for a record high pertussis rate this year, she added.

    We may need to go back to 1959 to find as many cases. I think there may
    be more coming to a place near you.

    The last record year was 2010, when 27,000 cases were reported and 27
    people died. In 1959, 40,000 cases were reported.
    In 2008, whooping cough killed 195,000 people globally, according to the
    World Health Organization.

    Whooping cough is caused by a bacterial infection. It gets its name from
    the nagging cough it causes that can make children breathless. They
    often gasp for air, making a distinctive whooping sound. But it’s
    not so serious in adults and they may not realize that a persistent
    cough is being caused by pertussis.

    Washington state is having an especially bad time with whooping cough
    this year, with 3,000 cases so far, compared to 20 at the same time last
    year, said Mary Selecky, secretary of the Washington State Department of
    Health.*

    For every case that we know about, we suspect that there are many people
    out there who have pertussis and dont know it, Selecky said.

    In many cases, babies get this illness from their mothers or others
    close to them. Its absolutely tragic.

    The state has distributed 27,000 doses of a booster vaccine for
    uninsured adults and has ordered more. *This disease is very easy to
    catch, Selecky said. It has certainly gotten hold of our population in
    Washington state.

    The CDC is trying to figure out what's going on, but Schuchat said a
    couple of factors are clearly at work. The formulation for the whooping
    cough vaccine was changed in 1997, and kids hitting age 13 and 14 now
    are the first to have been fully vaccinated with five doses of the new
    vaccine. The new formulation causes less of a reaction, but it may also
    wear off sooner, Schuchat said.

    The older vaccine was made using a whole pertussis bacterium. It was
    very effective, but it did cause swelling in some kids who got it, and
    sometimes caused a fever -- something that scared parents. It also was
    widely blamed for causing rare but serious neurological reactions,
    although Schuchat said studies have not confirmed this.

    Vaccines have done a good job of reducing the incidence of pertussis but
    our vaccines arent perfect, Schuchat said.

    We wish we had better ways of controlling pertussis. Given how dangerous
    pertussis is for babies, preventing infection in babies is our priority.

    Schuchat says people who are not vaccinated have eight times the risk of
    infection compared to people who are fully vaccinated against whooping
    cough. And if someone whos been vaccinated does get whooping cough, the
    disease is usually less serious and they are far less likely to infect
    someone else.

    The CDC says 95 percent of toddlers aged up to three years have received
    at least three doses of the vaccine and 84 percent have four doses. And
    in 2010 69 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds got a fifth booster dose. Kids
    should get five doses to be fully protected.

    And while adults are supposed to have at least one dose of whooping
    cough vaccine, only 8.2 percent of U.S. adults have done so.


    Related stories:
    Whooping cough: 8 things you need to know
    US on track for whooping cough record year
    Oregon parents delay vaccines for kids
    Five myths about vaccination


    Health officials in Washington state say whooping cough has reached
    epidemic levels. Hundreds of cases have been reported so far this year,
    six times more compared to the same period in 2011. NBC's Mike Taibbi
    reports.

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    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


  2. #2
    Harvey Guest

    Default Re: Whooping Cough

    Thanks Donna,,,, The way my lungs are today,,, it would kill me pretty
    quick. Harv

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    CDC: Whooping cough epidemic worst in 50 years


    The bacterial infection also known as pertussis can be very serious for
    children under the age of 12 months. The biggest outbreak is currently
    in Washington State, where there were more than 3,000 cases through July
    14. NBC's Robert Bazell reports.

    By Maggie Fox, NBC News

    Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States
    in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re
    calling for mass vaccination of adults.

    The epidemic has killed nine babies so far and babies are by far the
    most vulnerable to the disease, also known as pertussis, the U.S.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The best way to protect
    them is to vaccinate the adults around them, and to vaccinate pregnant
    women so their babies are born with some immunity.

    As of today, nationwide nearly 18,000 cases have been reported to the
    CDC, the CDCs Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters in a conference call,
    That is nearly twice as many as reported last year. We may be on track
    for a record high pertussis rate this year, she added.

    We may need to go back to 1959 to find as many cases. I think there may
    be more coming to a place near you.

    The last record year was 2010, when 27,000 cases were reported and 27
    people died. In 1959, 40,000 cases were reported.
    In 2008, whooping cough killed 195,000 people globally, according to the
    World Health Organization.

    Whooping cough is caused by a bacterial infection. It gets its name from
    the nagging cough it causes that can make children breathless. They
    often gasp for air, making a distinctive whooping sound. But it’s
    not so serious in adults and they may not realize that a persistent
    cough is being caused by pertussis.

    Washington state is having an especially bad time with whooping cough
    this year, with 3,000 cases so far, compared to 20 at the same time last
    year, said Mary Selecky, secretary of the Washington State Department of
    Health.

    For every case that we know about, we suspect that there are many people
    out there who have pertussis and dont know it, Selecky said.

    In many cases, babies get this illness from their mothers or others
    close to them. Its absolutely tragic.

    The state has distributed 27,000 doses of a booster vaccine for
    uninsured adults and has ordered more. This disease is very easy to
    catch, Selecky said. It has certainly gotten hold of our population in
    Washington state.

    The CDC is trying to figure out what's going on, but Schuchat said a
    couple of factors are clearly at work. The formulation for the whooping
    cough vaccine was changed in 1997, and kids hitting age 13 and 14 now
    are the first to have been fully vaccinated with five doses of the new
    vaccine. The new formulation causes less of a reaction, but it may also
    wear off sooner, Schuchat said.

    The older vaccine was made using a whole pertussis bacterium. It was
    very effective, but it did cause swelling in some kids who got it, and
    sometimes caused a fever -- something that scared parents. It also was
    widely blamed for causing rare but serious neurological reactions,
    although Schuchat said studies have not confirmed this.

    Vaccines have done a good job of reducing the incidence of pertussis but
    our vaccines arent perfect, Schuchat said.

    We wish we had better ways of controlling pertussis. Given how dangerous
    pertussis is for babies, preventing infection in babies is our priority.

    Schuchat says people who are not vaccinated have eight times the risk of
    infection compared to people who are fully vaccinated against whooping
    cough. And if someone whos been vaccinated does get whooping cough, the
    disease is usually less serious and they are far less likely to infect
    someone else.

    The CDC says 95 percent of toddlers aged up to three years have received
    at least three doses of the vaccine and 84 percent have four doses. And
    in 2010 69 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds got a fifth booster dose. Kids
    should get five doses to be fully protected.

    And while adults are supposed to have at least one dose of whooping
    cough vaccine, only 8.2 percent of U.S. adults have done so.


    Related stories:
    Whooping cough: 8 things you need to know
    US on track for whooping cough record year
    Oregon parents delay vaccines for kids
    Five myths about vaccination


    Health officials in Washington state say whooping cough has reached
    epidemic levels. Hundreds of cases have been reported so far this year,
    six times more compared to the same period in 2011. NBC's Mike Taibbi
    reports.

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


  3. #3
    Donna G Guest

    Default Re: Whooping Cough - Harv




    Yeah, it is really really a nasty thing to have.

    I had whooping cough several years ago and it was absolutely miserable.
    Felt like you could never catch your breath when you got in to those
    terrible coughing spells. It was miserable beyond belief and I imagine
    things could be really bad for certain people.

    Having lung disease myself and being on oxygen, it was a pretty tough
    thing to get past and took forever!

    Harv, what's the latest on your medication situation for your RA? Have
    you started the new trial yet?

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


  4. #4
    Harvey Guest

    Default Re: Whooping Cough - Harv

    I am sorry to say,,,, It will be the first part of Sept. before I really
    start.
    Harv

    "Donna G" wrote in message
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    Yeah, it is really really a nasty thing to have.

    I had whooping cough several years ago and it was absolutely miserable.
    Felt like you could never catch your breath when you got in to those
    terrible coughing spells. It was miserable beyond belief and I imagine
    things could be really bad for certain people.

    Having lung disease myself and being on oxygen, it was a pretty tough
    thing to get past and took forever!

    Harv, what's the latest on your medication situation for your RA? Have
    you started the new trial yet?

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


  5. #5
    Donna G Guest

    Default Re: Whooping Cough - Harv





    Sorry, Harv, that you have to wait so long! Is that because they are
    still letting the other medication get out of your system?

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    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


  6. #6
    Harvey Guest

    Default Re: Whooping Cough - Harv


    I do not know and I do not want to seem like I am looking a gift horse in
    the mouth,,, so to speak. I know that my RD kind of pushed me into the
    trials taking place and they may be
    full up now or some other reason.
    Harv





    "Donna G" wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..





    Sorry, Harv, that you have to wait so long! Is that because they are
    still letting the other medication get out of your system?

    ..
    ..
    Donna G.
    ..

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!


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