[SaneVax: One has to wonder if Gov. Chris Gregoire reads the health news from other countries. Is she not aware that Australia has just abandoned the practice of cocooning to protect infants from whooping cough? Despite two industry sponsored reports, the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee deemed the practice ineffective. Why is she proposing the practice in her state?
For that matter, have any of the 1280 cases of whooping cough in Washington been analyzed in a lab to see if the bacteria causing them is vaccine-relevant? It is not uncommon for a suppressed bacteria to mutate in order to survive. Whooping cough bacteria, bortedella pertussis, is no exception. It is quite possible bacterial mutation is the reason for the new outbreaks. One would think that before subjecting an entire population to the potential risks involved with vaccination someone would check to see if further vaccinations would do any good at all.]
Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state
By Donna Gordon Blankenship, Bloomberg Businessweek
SEATTLE: Washington state’s worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic, seek help from federal experts and urge residents to get vaccinated amid worry that cases of the highly contagious disease could spike much higher.
It’s the first state to declare a whooping cough, or pertussis, epidemic since 2010, when California had more than 9,000 cases, including 10 deaths. Washington has had 10 times the cases reported in 2011, and so has Wisconsin with nearly 2,000 cases this year, though that state has not declared an epidemic.
California responded to its crisis two years ago with a public information campaign, readily available vaccines and a new law requiring a booster shot for middle- and high-school students. Doctors were urged to spot whooping cough early, send infected babies to the hospital and promptly treat those diagnosed. In 2011, the number of cases there dropped significantly.
In Washington, about 1,280 cases have been reported in 2012, and officials believe the state could see as many as 3,000 cases by year’s end. Health Secretary Mary Selecky declared the epidemic April 3, and since then officials have bought up the vaccine and made it available for free for people who don’t have insurance.
State officials have asked hospitals to vaccinate every adult who goes home with a new baby, and urged businesses to encourage their employees to get the adult booster shot.