Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

Parents please vaccinate your children!

The California Health department has issued a Bordetella pertussis (Whooping Cough) epidemic. Over 6 infants have died from a disease that is easily prevented by vaccination.  Please read this story from WebMD to gain more information. When I was a postdoctoral fellow at the North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory, I used to test patient samples for Whooping Cough. It was so sad to see cases like this in infants.  Parents, you have to move past your fear of vaccinations, which is spurred on by celebrities that have no educational background. Take the time to become informed yourself. Study the scientific literature. Is it worth having a child die from something that could have easily be prevented?

Picture of Bordetella pertussis, a gram negative coccobacillus:

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