Ok, I realize that the Crabitat has a lot fewer readers these days after my long absences. But I’d really appreciate any links to this post. This could save the life of someone you love.
The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported so far — more than twice the number seen at this point last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. At this pace, the number for the entire year will be the highest since 1959, when 40,000 illnesses were reported.
Nine children have died, and health officials called on adults — especially pregnant women and those who spend time around children — to get a booster shot as soon as possible.
Whooping cough is making a very big comeback right now due to a lot of people refusing to get their kids vaccinated. Some of those folks have a genuine religious objection to giving their kids shots.
A lot of others are flaming jackasses.
Regardless, if you have a child or grandchild who is too young to be vaccinated, you could spread pertussis to them if you are not vaccinated.
Get the shot. Or you can live with yourself afterwards.