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.
LAUSD students heading back to school Tuesday will be required to show proof that they received a whooping cough vaccination.
Some 3 million public and private school students in California must prove they have had a booster vaccination against whooping cough to attend grades 7 through 12 this fall.
Riverside County public health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated against whooping cough over the summer break.
The nearly 50 percent drop in whooping cough, or pertussis, cases comes after two infants died in the record 1,144 cases of people reporting symptoms in 2010.
Federal health officials say more than 21,000 people got whooping cough last year, many of them children and teens. That’s the highest number since 2005 and among the worst years in more than 50 years.
California health officials want parents of teens to get up to date on their whooping cough vaccine to get into compliance with a new law for 2011.
With the holidays right around the corner, health officials are urging those who have not already done so to get vaccinated against the whooping cough.
Twice as many cases of whooping cough have been diagnosed this year in California as compared to the last peak year in 2005.
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