LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Health officials are warning parents to take extra precautions after a whooping cough claimed the life of a 6-week-old baby in San Diego County last week, bringing to ten the number of babies who have died in California during this year’s epidemic.

The baby who died last week was treated at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

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The highly contagious illness has symptoms similar to the common cold, but a persistent cough that lasts weeks may indicate the illness, which is also known as pertussis. More than 5,270 people have been infected in California.

All the babies who have died this year were too young to be fully immunized, so health officials are urging parents and caretakers to get booster shots to create a cocoon of immunity
around vulnerable children.

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Comments (4)
  1. AshannaK says:

    What ever happened to vaccination? Did the ones who dies get their vaccination for whooping cough? If they didn’t, then someone should
    speak to the parents and find out why.

  2. sunshine in CA says:

    The pertussis vaccine is not given until 6 months of age. Reading the article; it states that those around the infants need to be re-vaccinated as protection to those babies that are too young to be vaccinated.

  3. Barackula says:

    This is sad.

    Parent’s now and days are useless. Uneducated people should not be having kid’s. Lay the law down on these idiot parents.

    Whooping cough vaccinations are easily available, I’ve seen my local Walgreens offering them on the cheap.

  4. Just a Mom says:

    This is sad, but a vaccine would not have prevented this. The baby was only 6 weeks old, far to young to be vaccinated. And the reality is that the vaccine only lasts for about 2 months. The majority of adults do not take a vaccine every 2 months all year around. There is not a “whooping cough season” like a flu cycle. Almost all babies catch whooping cough from an adult, not other children. And studies have shown that the vaccinated children are getting it in high numbers as well. Parents need to look to other sources for building immunity for their kids. Breastfeed if at all possible and for as long as possible. Parents need to eat a very healthy diet to stay healthy themselves. Exposure does not equal illness if immune systems are properly supported.

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