Thinking about skipping the DPT shot for your kids?
“People should be taking action to prevent it from getting worse by getting their Tdap shots, especially those people who are around infants,” said Mary Small, director of community health and preparedness at the Chelan-Douglas Health District. “Infants are at highest risk for death and hospitalization.”
The shots are for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough.
At last report, in early May, the two counties had a total of 22 cases this year. In 2009, there were no cases of pertussis in the two counties; in 2010, there was one case; and in 2011, there were two cases and one probable case, Small said.
You say your town isn’t as isolated as Wenatchee, Alaska? Then there are higher odds that some stray person with whooping cough will wander into your town. Your town is not as small as Wenatchee? Then the odds are higher that you’ve got enough uninoculated kids to make an epidemic spread quickly.
Vaccinate the kids, will you? They don’t need whooping cough.
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