California is battling the worst whooping cough epidemic recorded in the state in seven decades.
A growing number of parents who opt not to vaccinate their children due to personal beliefs is raising concerns among public health officials as the school year gets underway.
The school year is expected to start soon for many Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students, which means that time is running out to receive the mandated T-dap booster shot.
With the number of whooping-cough cases in California now at an epidemic level, local health officials are reporting a sharp increase in the number of infections in Los Angeles County.
In 2010, a whooping cough epidemic killed 10 infants in the state.
Forty-two confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease, technically known as pertussis, have been reported in Long Beach this year, the majority of which involve school-age children.
California health officials say an infant has died from whooping cough, a highly contagious disease.
KNX1070’s Mike Landa reports the number of whooping cough cases statewide increased in 2013 to more than 1,600 — that’s 600 more cases than 2012.
More and more Angelenos have decided not to get their children vaccinated for potentially deadly diseases, which has reignited an on-going debate between parents and doctors.
Whooping cough which was once thought to be almost eradicated is making a comeback.
The school year is expected to start in a few weeks for most LAUSD students and that means there isn’t much time left to get whooping cough vaccine boosters.
A preliminary study suggests the vaccine against whooping cough falters after only about three years, adding support to school rules requiring kids to get the vaccination periodically.
All students entering the seventh through the twelfth grades must provide proof of a whooping cough immunization before they can enroll in classes. To encourage compliance with the new state law, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will offer several free clinics for schools scheduled to start in early August.
As the peak of whooping cough season and the school year approach, California public health officials are pushing parents to get middle and high school students vaccinated against the highly infectious illness.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is asking Gov. Jerry Brown for a reprieve from a new state law that requires students to be vaccinated for whooping cough.