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Monday, August 16, 2010

Vaccine Preventable Death – 7th Californian infant

The whooping cough epidemic that has gripped California has claimed it’s 7th victim, yet another infant. The latest data from the California Department of Public Health, updated as of 08/10/10, reports the following:
  • 2,774 cases of pertussis reported to CDPH, which translates in an incidence rate of 7.0 cases/100,000 a 7 fold increase from the same period in 2009.
  • 12% of cases have been hospitalized, 59% of hospitalization cases have been in infants <3 months, and 75% were infants <6 months.
  • 7 deaths so far, all in infants <2 months, all of Hispanic descent, and all unvaccinated at the time of disease onset
One shot=One life. It’s that simple. Vaccinate your kids; vaccinate yourself.

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