Posted by: drmolly in vaccines, pertussis, cough on
Sep 01, 2010
Whooping cough is in the news again. In Michigan, health officials are urging vaccines as a way to stop the spread of the illness. And California has declared that the illness has now reached epidemic proportions in that state and shines the spotlight on this vaccine preventable illness.
I suspect that a large part of the reason for this eruption of illness in California is due to the large number of undocumented immigrants who cannot access
Posted by: drmolly in vaccines, pertussis on
Aug 31, 2010
Last week I had another child who had lab test-proven whooping cough.
This girl is 9 years old and fully vaccinated. She came into the office with a cough for about two weeks that just wasn't getting better. She didn't feel particularly sick and actually she felt fine unless she was having a coughing jag. The coughing jags were happening infrequently during the day, but during the night she would wake up at least two-three times coughing so hard
Over the last two weeks in my office I have seen four cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. One of the four children had received no vaccines, but the other three were fully vaccinated and still young enough (between the ages of 7-10) that their immunity from the vaccine should still be in full effect. In August, I had four other cases of whooping cough with the same distribution of vaccinated to unvaccinated kids, which has now caused me to