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Vaccine preventable death – Keira Skaife

Age at death – 2 months

Cause of death – Pertussis (whooping cough)

Vaccination status – Vaccinated, received first dose only a few days before coming down with the disease.

Synopsis – Keira was only two months old when she lost her two-week fight against whooping cough. She had received her first pertussis shot days before coming down with the disease, too soon for the shot to have built up her immune response. It was the first of 3 pertussis shots she was going to receive during the first 6 months of her life. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Keira’s parents; we are very sorry for you terrible loss.


Newspaper article image courtesy of The Second Sight blog.

  1. June 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM


    Do you have any information on the demographics of the region she lives in? I know that Australia had quite the large number of anti-vax pro-disease loons.

    • Skepdude
      June 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM

      No, I don’t. I live in the US myself and any information I have is whatever can be found on the internet. Even the story about Keira is not available online if not for the Second Sight blog. You’re right, Australia does have it’s antivax lunatics, headed by Meryl Dorey (or however you spell her name) and her AVN. But Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue can hold their own too!

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