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Texas Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Kills 5 Kids, Sickens 1,000 @texmed

 

Please consider getting your Whooping Cough vaccine.

By the time you start coughing, we can’t change your course – you will probably cough for the next month or more. The new pertussis vaccine in the “D-TaP” or “T-DaP” is “acellular,” not the old one that so many worried about in the past. http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4212.pdf

From the Texas Medical Association’s “Me and My Doctor:”

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 201

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey, MD, issued an advisory yesterday urging Texans to protect themselves and their loved ones from pertussis (whooping cough) by getting vaccinated. An increase in cases this year claimed the lives of six children — two of whom were infants — and sickened more than 1,000. That’s the highest number of pertussis victims since 2005. Texas doctors urge families to avoid tragedy by vaccinating their children and themselves from this deadly disease. Read More:

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