Anti-vax people. It’s working! Preventable diseases are spreading.
Pertussis or Whooping Cough. Same thing. Nasty bacterium.
And we have ways, easy and convenient ways, to keep ourselves from getting this nasty little bug, but some in the US are opting not to because of an unsubstantiated and misguided fear of vaccines.
I take this issue personally.
Two years ago my then 78-year-old mother contracted whooping cough and it damn near killed her. Her violent coughing was so severe that it constricted her airway multiple times to the point of her not being able to breath for prolonged periods of time. She went to the hospital via ambulance on three separate occasions and was terrified to be alone at night because that was when the attacks generally occurred. My son ended up staying several nights with her at her home, just to keep watch. It was all very scary.
This illness is on the rise nationwide and is of greatest concern when it affects very young infants because even if parents approved, infants under two months are ineligible for the vaccine.
There is good, reputable information to be found out there (a few links are listed below). Not every “health” website has the correct information. Just like with GMOs, this is an area of blatant fear-mongering and hysteria.
For more information about vaccine safety: