Category Archives: Pertussis

  • To Those Opposed to Vaccinations

    When I was five, I got whooping cough (pertussis). It was horrible. Aside from nearly dying, I couldn’t stop coughing. I have a vivid memory of whooping so hard I jumped out of bed and starting running around the house, my poor mother chasing after me. I caught the measles when I was six. Despite […]

  • Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

    Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in the US, and community immunity may be at risk. Less than 20 years ago, measles was declared eliminated in the US, as the disease was no longer native and all reported cases were imported from other countries. Now, there are record-breaking outbreaks of measles, mumps, and pertussis (whooping […]

  • Protecting Those Who Need It Most

    When my son was 3 years old and my daughter 5 months, a woman emailed a local mothers’ listserv and revealed that her son had pertussis. He was unvaccinated.  The mother brought the child to a strip mall where many children who were too young to be fully vaccinated, including my daughter, were present and […]

  • Say Something

    I can still see myself now standing in front of the closet with a baby in my arms. There was a blue dress with yellow flowers, perfect for my little girl hanging there. There were three crisp white shirts for my sons and three matching argyle vests, blue triangles, green triangles, perfect for Easter. Even though I knew […]

  • Growing Up Unvaccinated

    I am the 70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar til I was one, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy, we took daily supplements of vitamin […]

  • Why I’m Telling my Vaccine Story, Pt. II

    A recent study in Pediatrics looked at the rates of religious exemptions for immunization in New York state, and then looked at pertussis (whooping cough) rates across the state. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is the bacterial respiratory infection that causes severe coughing for weeks or months and can kill vulnerable individuals, primarily young babies. Religious exemptions are […]

  • An Unwelcome Visitor

    Our household has many family and friends come through our door. Last month we had  an unwelcome visitor. Pertussis/whooping cough got through what I thought was a safe  and secure home.  My Grandbaby June and I ended up with whooping cough. How does this happen?   This along with other “childhood” diseases was something I thought […]

  • Learning from the Past: Gae’s Story

    I am a sixty-nine year old Australian, which means that I benefited from a totally free childhood immunization program.  I started school in 1949 and was convinced that it was somehow normal for every school to have at least one, and sometimes more than one, child wearing calipers as a result of polio. And those were […]