9th infant dead of whooping cough in California
The 9th casualty of the whooping cough outbreak in California has been, yet another infant under 2 months of age. Not much is known at this time, except that the infant lived in San Bernardino County and was less than 2 months old. That makes it extremely likely that the child had not yet received the first dose of the pertussis vaccine, making this case yet another unfortunate case of a vaccine preventable death. With this death, this year has become deadlier than 2005, the last big outbreak in California, as far as whooping cough deaths are concerned.
“This sad case reminds us that the best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, San Bernardino County’s health officer, in statement released late last week. “Immunity from pertussis vaccine or disease wears off, so most adults are susceptible to pertussis and should get immunized to protect themselves and their families.”