The Return of a Killer

Washington's Whooping Cough Epidemic

May 14, 2012

An old killer, whooping cough, is epidemic in Washington State as of 2012. Only a few generations after the disease was wiped out by modern vaccinations, grandparents and great grandparents are re-living the bad old days watching children suffer with a malady that science had controlled. We'll ask why this disease is back, but most importantly, learn more about how parents should vaccinate their children, what kind of resources are available to make sure each child has access to a meaningful immunization program, what the options are if a child has contracted whooping cough, and what other diseases are trying to make a comeback in the public health arena.

NUMBERS/LINKS
Dept. of Health
Sounds of Pertussis
Sounds of Pertussis campaign
Tonya’s Lively's Facebook page – Stop Whooping Cough
A blog about Tonya's niece, Kaliah's Korner


Still photo and video credits from Flickr and other creative commons sources:
rockitzanny
ilikefosters
StarLacedWings
DanceDad22
ttrue1102
prakashmalshe
Sanofi Pasteur

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