With more than 6,200 cases of whooping cough reported in California, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Wednesday recommended that those 65 or older who are around infants get vaccinated.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices gave the advice Wednesday because of an outbreak of whooping cough this year in California, where more than 6,200 cases have been reported.
The California Department of Public Health says more than 6,200 Californians have been infected with whooping cough in the largest epidemic to strike the state since 1950.
Health officials are urging seniors to get a whooping cough vaccine because of California’s pertussis outbreak, but some elderly patients say doctors won’t inoculate them because the vaccine is only licensed for people up to age 64.
A Northridge pediatrician says parents and caretakers should get immunized from the latest epidemic of whooping cough in order to protect infants who are too young to get vaccinated.
Health officials say whooping cough caused the death 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.
More than 5,270 cases of whooping cough have been reported in California’s growing epidemic, which has killed nine babies this year.
State health officials say California’s whooping cough epidemic is on track to break a 55-year record, with 4,017 infections and nine deaths statewide this year.
Health officials say vaccination rates for toddlers remain high, but they are concerned about an overall drop in measles vaccinations.
California Department of Public Health spokesman Ken August told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that the death makes this year’s epidemic more deadly than one in 2005.
An analysis of eight California whooping cough deaths shows doctors were slow to diagnose pertussis in the infants despite several visits to clinics and hospitals.
State health officials say more than 200 new cases of whooping cough have been tallied in the last week, bringing California’s total to about 3,300 confirmed and suspected cases this year.