STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — An exclusive private school has been hit with dozens cases of whooping cough, which has sickened a large number of teenagers across Los Angeles County.

Health officials say they are monitoring three large clusters of highly contagious whooping cough among 11- to 18-year-olds. The county Department of Health issued a health alert to pediatricians and other health care providers about the uptick in whooping cough last week.

Harvard-Westlake’s Studio City campus. (credit: CBS)

Harvard-Westlake, which has campuses in Studio City and Beverly Crest, was hit particularly hard, with 30 students coming down with whooping cough since November, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Of about 1,600 students attend Harvard-Westlake, where tuition is close to $40,000 a year, only 18 opted out of vaccinations for medical reasons. None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.

School officials say they have done all they can to control the outbreak, including sending students home, sanitizing classrooms, and implementing a new protocol that requires students who stay home sick must be tested at a hospital for whooping cough before they can return to class.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, gets its name from the distinctive cough that sounds like a whoop. It is highly contagious and can be fatal for infants.

Parents are being urged to take students with flu-like symptoms to get them tested at a hospital before allowing them to return back to school.

Comments (112)
  1. Mr Meener says:

    very easy to fix the outbreak just bring in millions more third world peasants

    1. Marian Decamp says:

      If I didn’t feel so sorry for the sick kids, I’d say they get what they deserve. This is what happens with illegal entry and no vetting. In the old days, when immigrants came thu Ellis Island, they were turned back without entry if they had certain diseases like those mentioned and worse.

      Today, Democrats say…bring me your disease ridden, gangsters, terrorists, anyone so long as we can get them to vote illegally as Democrats.

  2. John Steele says:

    First it was Hepatitis, then Typhus and now whooping cough.. Guess where this stuff is coming from.

    1. Chuck Schmitz says:

      They are going to have to drop a nuke on LA soon to stop the spread of all these diseases.

    2. Randy Dandy says:

      ” None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.”

      Harvard School of Journalism?

  3. It’s being planted by the medical critters who benefit. Cui bono?

  4. Chris McClelland says:

    Nothing like Democrat created sanctuary city sickness. The cure for it is to bring in millions MORE diseased illegal aliens.

  5. LA turning into 3rd world country right before our eyes! How long before they’ll be eating out of garbage trucks like in Venezuela?

    1. Jack Murphy says:

      Where have you been? they already do!

  6. Wake up low paid workers, the illegals will take your jobs.

  7. Willis Forster says:

    This is caused by hysteria about vaccinations. It is extremely safe and very dangerous to not take the shot.

    1. Sabrina Irene says:

      Except all 30 affected were vaccinated smarty pants.

      1. Shawn Cooper says:

        It doesn’t say they were fully vaccinated. That Tdap vaccine at 11 years of age is critical, Miss Smarty Panties

      2. Ray Flores says:

        That is why it not an IMMUNIZATION. Thanks Sabrina for pointing this out!

    2. Jelena Evans says:

      It’s the vaccine: Because of linked-epitope suppression, ALL CHILDREN who were primed by DTaP VACCCINES will be MORE SUSCEPTIBLE to PERTUSIS throughout their LIFETIMES, and there is no easy way to decrease this increased lifetime susceptibility.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754?fbclid=IwAR15HusXm0352nNxv2F4-qBOvz5rs16yCiTZg3HXVr5pMQlw-5NQBLYlooU

  8. Mike Arvand says:

    bring in third world losers. get third world diseases.

  9. Paul says:

    California will become the Nations Petri Dish for disease. Serves them right for voting in complete morons for leadership.

    1. Sandra Bell says:

      It’s the California leadership that has caused this state to mandate vaccination in order to attend school, so I don’t quite understand your comment. It’s the vaccinated students who are the ones who are getting and shedding disease.

  10. Matthew Graff says:

    There was a talk show host Michael Savage who predicted this years ago. The left called him a racist and insane. Unfortunately, the laugh is on us, we’re allowing this to happen.

    1. Dan Overlander says:

      You mean get vaccinated AND get sick! (The 30 that were infected were all vaccinated)

      1. Krishna Murphy says:

        Precisely! Apparently there are some other people on this page who are up to speed on the FACT that the “whooping cough” vaccine is a complete and utter failure, CAUSING problems like this. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754

  11. Kay Paul says:

    Maybe using the bathroom, instead of the sidewalks could help.

  12. Big Mama says:

    I like it…bring all the third worlders

  13. Big Mama says:

    Spend billions on Third world illnesses..were only $23 Trillion in debt before have one $1.. why not..

  14. LA is the Third World Capitol of America. As the county’s population skyrockets with refugees from Mexico & Central America, what’s next? Southern California is America’s cesspool.

    1. Doug Driscoll says:

      They are NOT refugees…

      They are an invasion of welfare leeches…

  15. Daniel Pier says:

    “Of about 1,600 students attend Harvard-Westlake, where tuition is close to $40,000 a year, only 18 opted out of vaccinations for medical reasons. None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.

    So basically, the 30 who contracted whooping cough were vaccinated. I love the wording on that btw. Not like it’s intentionally meant to confuse people that these ones who fell ill were vaccinated.

    1. Shawn Cooper says:

      Here’s the thing all you disease-worshiping anti-vaxxers who are so giddy with glee that kids got sick: (1) It’s not clear if all 30 were up to date on their whooping cough vaccines as “vaccinated” does not mean fully vaccinated (2) you are still 25 times less likely to get pertussis when exposed if you are vaccinated than are not, and (3) health experts are well aware that the pertussis vaccine doesn’t work as well as other vaccines and are doing actual research (and not the “believe everything I read on facebook R3S3ARCH you mental dullards do) to develop a more effective vaccine. So do your disease-loving dance but by next year after a lot more pertussis cases have happened, the epidemiology will clearly the vaccine was protective and un/undervaccinated were much more likely to contract pertussis.

      1. Oh yes, it is very clear, indeed: Because of linked-epitope suppression, ALL CHILDREN who were primed by DTaP VACCCINES will be MORE SUSCEPTIBLE to PERTUSIS throughout their LIFETIMES, and there is no easy way to decrease this increased lifetime susceptibility.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754?fbclid=IwAR15HusXm0352nNxv2F4-qBOvz5rs16yCiTZg3HXVr5pMQlw-5NQBLYlooU

      2. Cindy Woods says:

        Calif. is one of only 3 states that allow only medical exemptions. Any child who doesn’t have a medical exemption must be up-to-date on all required vaccines in order to attend school.

  16. So tell me again how well vaccines work… wondering why the nonvaxed kids didn’t get whooping cough…..hmmmm

    1. John Watkins says:

      Well, probably because only 1% of the students are unvaccinated?

  17. Study just released Feb 2019 / Because of linked-epitope suppression, ALL CHILDREN who were primed by DTaP VACCINES will be MORE SUSCEPTIBLE to PERTUSSIS throughout their LIFETIMES, and there is no easy way to decrease this increased lifetime susceptibility.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754?fbclid=IwAR0wKypr_kh62_tFKKiWVcPk5XdhQ5c8aecOCq3BPEKanmTSOpZ8HzK1gTY

  18. Wouldn’t the better story be, “Why have the 30 students who contracted pertussis up to date on the pertussis vaccine?”

    1. Shawn Cooper says:

      Look, one of SoCal’s biggest anti-vax disease dispensers is here. Hi Becky, are you just cackling with glee and hoping some of these kids die, too?

  19. Krishna Murphy says:

    The real cause of the problem is the pertussis VACCINE! The more you vaccinate, the less the body is able to defend itselfappropriately. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754

  20. You racist people honestly think mexicans are harboring all these diseases? You must think brown people on the same level as rats and not people eh?

  21. Krishna Murphy says:

    I love how the reporter credits the county health department with usually giving them up-to-date information about health concerns, but “right now” they haven’t been able to get a response! HAhaHAha What a JOKE!

    Like there IS a response, adequate to explain the ONE HUNDRED % FAILURE of the vaccine they have been pushing. This recently published scientific study lays out in gory detail how the vaccine actually CAUSED the outbreak!

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754

  22. Steven Patterson says:

    Our political leadership here in California has a plan to combat this. The figure when enough cases of Typhus, and Tuberculosis, Measles, and other diseases, we thought we had eradicated, the people will forget all about the Whooping Cough.

  23. Steven Sloan says:

    Where do you think this disease is coming from? For decades, Whopping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Tuberculosis where unheard of within US borders. You know where these diseases are coming from. Your own stupidity.

  24. Jack Ve says:

    It’s well known that the pertussis bacteria can still infect and be spread by the vaccinated. What is unusual here that those who were vaccinated and contracted pertussis were not asymptomatic which is what normally happens.
    As for “immigrants” or “illegals”, unless they entered the country coughing and spluttering it’s doubtful that they brought that, or any disease in.

  25. Susan Schoner says:

    Thank you Gavin Newsom for allowing illegals to flood into CA bringing diseases with them! Worst Governor even worse than Moonbeam Brown!!

  26. Warrior of GOD says:

    Enjoy it.. You earned it….YOU allowed third world illegals into your home, so now enjoy their diseases….

  27. Si se puede. Enjoyeeeeeeee. Thank a lib (in between coughs).

  28. Richard Gerdeman says:

    “None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated”? You don’t Double Negative not much eh?

  29. It doesn’t take a brainiac to know these diseases are brought in by illegal aliens. They carry a plethora of germs and viruses. Wait till L.A. gets hit with Zika and Malaria. NO? Check the facts.

  30. Carter Gwynn says:

    Sanctuary for diseases long thought gone from US.

  31. R. Leckey Harrison says:

    More hysteria from the provaxxers, except when the vaccine doesn’t work. Like it failed in Ohio.

  32. “None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.” What?
    In English, that means, all students who got whooping cough had already been vaccinated.

  33. Big Mama says:

    Thank you TRAITOROUS DemRats…dont talk about deficit cause YOU are breaking the bank..BUILD THAT WALL>>

  34. Nanda C. Matteson says:

    Obviously the strain has mutated and the vaxx are no longer effective. Also the current pertussis vaxx makes everyone silent carriers, contagious but not coughing. So they don’t know to stay home, that they are sick.

  35. Moo Moo – the herd is indignant because a few have resisted being branded and they have all been told that the ones who weren’t branded are the reason the rest are being slaughtered and eaten. Now they turn on the anti-branders and demand that they fall in line and all the cattle will then be spared. Believe Big Medicine moo, Believe Big Pharma moo, Forget you have a Bill of Rights and that your independent AND EXTENSIVE deep research into the subject have provided you with IRREFUTABLE evidence that it is the Vax merchants who are being protected and not the brains and bodies of our children. Forget that you have directly mitigated illness in your children using nutrition, TLC, and herbal remedies. Forget that the gov continues to try to mandate that the public not have access to herbal substances without a prescription and then only in insufficient and ineffective formulations. Amazing how vaccines only “work” if there is 100% CONFORMITY and COMPLIANCE (aka OBEDIENCE). Amazing how we can only have a “democracy” by denying a voice, resources, and options to those who choose differently and without evidence accuse them of causing harm to the conforming herd. In fact, even with EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY we still insist that the conformists are in the right when we can’t win the argument we just silence the opposition and use force to impose our will.

  36. codetalker says:

    Studies confirm vaccinated are transmitting pertussis :Study titled: “Acellular Pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model,” used infant baboons to test the hypothesis that “current acellular pertussis vaccines fail to prevent colonization and transmission” of B. Pertussis. (there is no vaccine for Bordetella Pertussis bacteria) Study is online.

    Lead author Tod Merkel did comment to the New York Times that when exposed to B. Pertussis after recently getting vaccinated, you could be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others, saying: “When you’re newly vaccinated, you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population.” According to Tod Merkel of the FDA, it has now become clear that the vaccine does almost nothing to prevent the spread of whooping cough. Although it does seem to prevent about 80 percent of people from showing symptoms of the disease, it does not prevent them from catching it or spreading it.
    https://www.pnas.org/content/111/2/787

  37. All of them were vaccinated and they still got it. “None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.” Which means, they were all vaccinated.

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