Oct. 22nd, 2010

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Yet another example of why the anti-vaccination movement is not "cautious", "skeptical" or simply an "alternative" to mainstream, evidence-based medicine; but is pure, unadulterated evil. It is nothing but enshrined ignorance, and is entirely based on falsified research -- aka a deliberate fraud. It is increasingly resulting in unnecessary and easily preventable deaths; particularly among those who cannot be vaccinated, and rely entirely on herd immunity for their protection.

CNN Health: 10 infants dead in California whooping cough outbreak

Excerpt:
(CNN) -- Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has claimed the 10th victim in California, in what health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 60 years.

Since the beginning of the year, 5,978 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the disease have been reported in California.

All of the deaths occurred in infants under the age of 3 months, says Michael Sicilia, a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health. Nine were younger than 8 weeks old, which means they were too young to have been vaccinated against this highly contagious bacterial disease.

"This is a preventable disease," says Sicilia, because there is a vaccine for whooping cough to protect those coming in contact with infants, and thereby protect the infants.

However, some parents are choosing to not vaccinate their children. In other cases, previously vaccinated children and adults may have lost their immunity because the vaccine has worn off.

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Sicilia says California Health Department epidemiologists estimate 50 percent of the children who have gotten sick were infected by their parents or caregivers.

According to the recommended vaccine schedule for infants, newborns don't get their first pertussis vaccine until they are 2 months old, leaving them vulnerable to infection until then if the people surrounding them are infected.

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