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.