Pertussis, a.k.a. whooping cough is a nasty disease. It is particularly merciless with our youngest. Last year in California 10 babies died, of which 9 were under 2 months of age and were thus too young to be vaccinated with the first of the 5 doses of the DTaP vaccine. Thus, it is imperative that we do all we can to protect the youngest in our midst from this deadly disease.CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE POST.
In line with this need for extra protection for our children, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines about the use of the pertussis booster (Tdap) vaccine. In light of the recent news that immunity from the vaccine might wane sooner than previously thought, these updated recommendations become that much more important.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The post I put up the other day about Pertussis, while it may seem related, isn't to this story. The AAP and CDC do not just rush out and willy nnilly change their schedules and recommendations. It is a methodical and well thought out process with great rigor and good reasons behind it. The CDC even tries to reassure folks about this, as does the AAP, but it's an uphill battle against the lies and distortions of the anti-vax pro-disease nutters. Anyway, the AAP wants to prevent Pertussis (my emphasis):