Washington State Limits Exemptions for Children Not Being Vaccinated
(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state saw more than 70 cases of measles this year, and Inslee signed the bill at Vancouver City Hall, in the county where most of those cases were centered. The new law takes effect at the end of July. Inslee said that while the bill was an important step in public health, he warned it doesn’t do “everything ne...
Source: TIME: Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GILLIAN FLACCUS and RACHEL LA CORTE / AP Tags: Uncategorized measles onetime washington Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak declared in Fredericton
A whooping cough outbreak has been declared in Fredericton, where 10 children from "several" schools and two adults have been diagnosed since January, the regional medical officer of health announced Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Baby boy in California dies from whooping cough and officials urge pregnant women to get vaccinated
A baby in Orange County, California, has died of whooping cough - the first such death in the county in more than a decade. No details were released about the baby's age or sex. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural treatments for whooping cough
(Natural News) Whooping cough is a serious respiratory infection that requires plenty of bed rest and careful treatment. Thankfully, there are a number of home remedies that can hasten your recovery from the illness. These natural treatments can relieve the discomfort and trouble caused by the symptoms of the cough. Formally called pertussis, whooping cough is an infection of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Childhood vaccines: Tough questions, straight answers
Do vaccines cause autism? Is it OK to skip certain vaccines? Get the facts on these and other common questions. Childhood vaccines protect children from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and others. If these diseases seem uncommon -- or even unheard of [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 3, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Reappearance of Victorian Era Diseases Highlight Importance of Clinical Laboratory Vigilance
As admissions for scarlet fever, whooping cough, scurvy, and other “Dickensian Era” diseases rise, medical laboratories must continue to consider uncommon causes when performing tests and providing data to physicians developing treatment plans Resurgence in once-rare diseases and conditions in both the United Kingdom and the United States highlight the importance of recognizing the unlikely […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 29, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Whooping cough case at Texas Capitol leads to vaccinations
Texas health officials say nearly 50 people in the Texas Capitol have received vaccinations after a page in the House chamber became infected with whooping cough (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

CDC says whooping cough has mutated, making the vaccine less effective 
A new report from the CDC has found that the bacteria that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has undergone genetic changes between 2000 and 2013. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Shifts in Bordetella May Explain Surge in Pertussis Genetic Shifts in Bordetella May Explain Surge in Pertussis
The recent uptick in whooping cough may be explained, in part, by genetic shifts in Bordetella that reduce the efficacy of the pertussis vaccine, according to a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

It's not just measles: Mumps, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the US
She walked into the emergency room with an infant in her arms. "My baby, please help my baby," she said between sobs. I followed her into the room and asked what her baby's name was and whether I could hold her. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak declared at Moncton High School
There are five diagnosed cases at the school, but a health officer suspects there are others that have not been diagnosed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/New Brunswick Source Type: news

Add Whooping Cough To The Growing List Of Vaccine-Preventable Epidemics
In the midst of measles and flu epidemics, we are also seeing pertussis (whooping cough) come back. Anti-vaccination proponents have been the source of many outbreaks to date. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 27, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Source Type: news

Whooping cough outbreak spreads in LA - hitting 30 teens at exclusive private school 
60 teens got whooping cough in LA County since November. But now, 30 cases have sprung up at Harvard-Westlake, with students being sent home from the $40,000-a-year school. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pertussis (whooping cough)
This article reviews the management of pertussis and outlines recent evidence and guidance on prevention through vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about whooping cough in adults
This article discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of whooping cough in adults. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory Source Type: news

Victorian disease warning: Infectious diseases on the rise in UK - signs you should know
SCARLET FEVER, gout, whooping cough and other so-called Victorian diseases are on the rise in the UK. These are the signs and symptoms of the infectious diseases you should know about - are you at risk of a virus or bacterial infection? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whopping Numbers on Whooping Cough
Another is pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough because of the distinctive sound it causes as people experience severe coughing bouts. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whopping Numbers on Whooping Cough
(Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 27, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, News, Source Type: news

Whopping Numbers on Whooping Cough
THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 -- The return of measles made headlines in recent years, but it's not the only disease that poses a particular threat to kids that has experienced a resurgence. Another is pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough because... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Whooping Cough
-- Whooping cough is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, the Nemours Foundation says. The highly contagious infection, typically affecting children. can trigger coughing spells that can last more than... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Questions Raised About Pertussis Reemergence
Scientists debate why the number of whooping cough cases is up, and whether the effectiveness of a vaccine introduced within the last two decades is to blame. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 20, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Whooping Cough: Vaccinating Can Prevent Deadly Childhood Infection
The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination Strategy Can Prevent a Deadly Childhood Infection
The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious Diseases A-Z: Pertussis infections on the rise
Reported cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been on the rise since the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.?"Whooping cough is becoming more common, unfortunately, for a variety of reasons???maybe declining vaccination rates or waning immunity from our previous vaccines," says Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine specialist [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

To Prevent Deadly Whooping Cough Outbreaks, Give The Vaccine Ahead Of Schedule
Whooping cough (pertussis) infections are most severe in newborns, and may be fatal. In populations where adults are not immunized, administering pertussis vaccines to newborns may minimize the risk of life-threatening whooping cough infections in infants. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Source Type: news

As the New York Times attacks vitamin D, whooping cough - easily prevented with the low-cost nutrient - is making a comeback across America
(Natural News) The New York Times is on a mission: Get people to believe that at least 80 percent of them have normal vitamin D levels; that the nutrient is only important in the prevention of rickets in children and osteomalacia (a softening of the bones) in adults; that normal levels of vitamin D are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California keeps close eye on whooping cough after infant's death
The first whooping cough death in California since 2016 was confirmed Tuesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa:Cracking the Cold Chain Challenge Is Key to Making Vaccines Ubiquitous
[The Conversation Africa] Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infectious diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), smallpox, mumps, tetanus and rotavirus used to be common around the world. Today vaccines can prevent them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine: The power of first impressions
(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) In their latest study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) report that individuals who had been inoculated with the newer pertussis vaccine as part of their initial series of shots, mount a weaker recall response when receiving booster shots later on. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pregnant Women: Avoid Soft Cheeses, But Do Get These Shots
Doctors want to remind moms to get certain vaccines while pregnant. Whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get the vaccine. (Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Selena Simmons-Duffin Source Type: news

No Safety Concerns With Kids' DTaP Combo Vaccine
The shot protects against three potentially serious infectious diseases of childhood, including whooping cough (pertussis).  In recent years, the "anti-vaxxer" movement -- a small minority of parents -- has raised concerns that routine childhood immunizations might carry long-term health risks for kids. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pertussis (whooping cough): information for healthcare professionals
Public Health England has published information to enable healthcare professionals to identify, manage and test cases of pertussis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Whooping cough more widespread than previously known
(Public Health Ontario) New research from Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences suggests that whooping cough cases in Ontario are nearly eight times the number actually reported, reinforcing the importance of up-to-date vaccinations to protect against illness and the spread of disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa
Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Nganga Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Mali:Mali - Vaccinating 10,000 Children Over 60,000KM of Desert Roads
[MSF] Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. But in northern Mali, where a combination of insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure means that many communities cannot access health facilities, it can prove difficult to protect children against these illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study explains resurgence of pertussis
(University of Georgia) A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Georgia has found that the resurgence of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, in the US is a predictable consequence of incomplete coverage with a highly effective vaccine. This finding goes against pervasive theories on why we are seeing a steady increase in the disease even though the vaccine is given at an early age. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback
It's due to natural population turnover, incomplete vaccination coverage, and gradually weakening protection from a highly effective but imperfect vaccine, they said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flawed Vaccine Not to Blame for Whooping Cough Resurgence (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Increase in cases signals end of vaccine'honeymoon period,'study suggests (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback
THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 -- Flaws in current whooping cough vaccines aren't to blame for rising rates of the disease in the United States, a new study contends. Researchers attribute a resurgence of the disease since the 1970s to factors that arose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

More Evidence Explains Why Whooping Cough Cases Are Increasing
Another study confirms that waning immunity from the pertussis vaccine is the primary reason for increases in whooping cough cases. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle, Contributor Source Type: news

Whooping cough resurgence marks the end of ‘honeymoon period’ where we weren’t exposed to the virus 
Research by the University of Michigan has revealed an new explanation for the resurgence of whooping cough in the US experts have incorrectly blamed on a low-quality vaccine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decades-long trends, not flawed vaccine, explain resurgent whooping cough
(University of Michigan) Researchers and public health officials have struggled to explain the resurgence of whooping cough in the US since the late 1970s, and the suspected shortcomings of the current generation of vaccines are often blamed. But a new University of Michigan-led study concludes that the resurgence of the highly contagious respiratory disease is the result of factors that began in the middle of the last century, long before the latest vaccines were introduced in the late 1990s. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 28, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

‘Whooping cough' epidemic to hit US kids in late spring
US health officials are bracing for an outbreak of whooping cough, an infectious disease that is rarely serious in adults but can be deadly in infants and children who haven't had all vaccines. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cough? Get rid of your cold or flu symptoms with this simple home trick
COUGH medicines could help to relieve symptoms, which are often caused by a cold or flu virus. But, you could get rid of a dry, chesty or whooping cough with this easy home tip. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Flu Outbreaks Have Been the Worst in Nearly a Decade
The only thing worse than getting the flu is catching it after you’ve gotten a flu shot. It’s been a terrible year for outbreaks — the worst in almost a decade. Contributing to that is the high failure rate of this year’s vaccine. The current shot is just 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, this season’s most-often-identified strain by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The experts say, with enough time and money, they can do a lot better. “There has to be a wholesale change to how we make the flu vaccine,” said Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Ce...
Source: TIME: Science - February 28, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg flu healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Flu And Whooping Cough Vaccines In Pregnancy Safe For Babies 6 Months Later
The evidence continues to show that the flu and pertussis vaccines are safe for mothers to get during pregnancy both for them and for their babies. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle, Contributor Source Type: news