Tuesday, August 21, 2012

whooping cough


HELLO!!
Better read this.







Attention to Mom's with School Children.
Vaccinations stop whooping cough












1959 was the year that whooping cough cases
reached an all-time record high in this country.
In that year, 40,000 cases were reported.
But 2012 is quickly becoming a contender to
eclipse 1959. The CDC has reported approximately
19,000 cases already this year.
This is a serious health risk to anyone not vaccinated
against the disease, but in particular to infants,
who are the most vulnerable.


Maine is one of a handful of states experiencing a serious
outbreak of pertussis, with nearly 350 cases so far this year,
in every one of the state’s 16 counties.

If you live near Camden/Rockland, Me.
Mark Peter Eggena MD
Infectious Disease Specialist
or Dr. Gonnella - he is great...
Peter Thomas Gonnella MD
Infectious Disease Specialist
Cheryl A Liechty MD
Infectious Disease Specialist

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
reported 347 confirmed or probable cases of whooping cough
statewide through Aug. 9 this year, compared with 79 cases
during the same period last year. This year's cases include 99
in Cumberland County, 85 in Somerset County
and 47 in Penobscot County.
















Maine public health officials say the number
of confirmed whooping cough cases in the state
continues to grow as the age of those affected also rises.
Dr. Sheila+Pinette director of the ?Maine Center
for Disease Control, says most cases early this year
were in children, but now an increasing number
of adults over 40 are coming down with the contagious
disease, also known as pertussis.
















The government recommends
that children get vaccinated
in five shots between
the age of 2 months and 6 years.
A tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
booster shot is recommended
around age 11 or 12.



Epidemiologist with the national CDC, said the best thing people
can do to prevent whooping cough is stay up to date on vaccinations.
This disease is here, it is not going away.

Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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