Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | June 23, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says California is suffering an epidemic of whooping cough cases because of lack of vacinations of a preventable disease.

California’s top health official warned that the state is on pace to record the highest number of whooping cough cases in half a century.  Reported cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have quadrupled since last year in California. There have been 910 confirmed cases of the disease in California this year between Jan. 1 and June 15.

That is four times as many cases as during the same period last year, when 219 cases were confirmed.  Another 600 possible cases of whooping cough are being investigated by local health departments.

Infants are most vulnerable because infection can cause death. Five infants — all less than 3 months old — have died from the disease this year.

Perhaps they should require children to be vaccinated against the disease and their parents and caregivers of infant children should get booster shots in the Golden State.  Hello Arnold, we have a problem.

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