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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-10 01:33 PM
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58. You just negated the argument for vaccinating to protect
Edited on Mon Dec-20-10 01:52 PM by mzmolly
others via herd immunity. ;)

In all seriousness, given your concerns, I hope you've had the adult pertussis booster and have requested that others do the same? I'm not talking about the tetanus jab. I'm talking about the Tdap booster. The childhood vaccine wears off over time, and pertussis is most serious in infants. We've had outbreaks due to a false sense of security, bias in diagnosis, and targeting only school children in public health policy.

Pertussis, in contrast to tetanus, is common in the United States with 13,278 cases reported in 2008 (5). This count likely is an underestimate; pertussis can have nonspecific symptoms, especially among adults, and often goes undiagnosed (1,6). This analysis confirms that the majority of U.S. adults probably were not protected against pertussis at the time of the 2008 NHIS survey; self-reported Tdap vaccination coverage was 5.9%

Read more: http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201010/2173442361.html#...

I hope every pediatrician/OB who supports vaccination is recommending that adults and older children who are going to be around infants, get vaccinated for pertussis? Did your OB recommend a TDAP booster? http://www.afkpeds.org/tdap-for-new-parents_5112_ct.asp...
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