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What Is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough has officially been declared an epidemic in the state of California! What is it, and why are there so many more cases lately. Trace is here to explain why this is a growing problem, and how it can be stopped.

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California Experiencing a Whooping Cough Epidemic

“The number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state has reached epidemic proportions it was reported today by Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer.”

Vaccine Refusals Fueled California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic

“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.”

Unvaccinated Children At Higher Risk Of Whooping Cough

“New research from the US suggests that children whose parents won’t let them be vaccinated are 23 times more likely to get whooping cough compared to children who are fully immunized.”

California’s whooping cough outbreak is officially an epidemic

“Over 800 cases of the highly infectious disease have been reported in the last two weeks alone.”

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

“Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults.”

Whooping cough

“Once you become infected with whooping cough, it can take one to three weeks for signs and symptoms to appear.”

Whooping cough: Prevention

“The best way to prevent whooping cough is with the pertussis vaccine, which doctors often give in combination with vaccines against two other serious diseases — diphtheria and tetanus.”

What Is A Pandemic? What Is An Epidemic?

“The word pandemic comes from the Greek pandemos meaning ‘pertaining to all people’. The Greek word pan means ‘all’ and the Greek word demos means ‘people’.”

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