Pertussis. Whooping cough.
One of those things you got vaccinated against when you were two or three, and then forgot about, because you’re protected from it, right?
Think again. You aren’t. It wears off.
Lynne and Phil, two friends of mine, lost a child to whooping cough in April of this year. It wasn’t diagnosed as whooping cough until after the infant died.
And it’s not like health authorities wouldn’t have known about it. The Centers for Disease Control have been tracking – and publishing – pertussis data that shows it exceeding historical trends:
If you’re trying to, or possibly might become pregnant, please consider getting vaccinated. If you’re likely to be around infants and/or small children on a regular basis, please consider getting vaccinated.
Because it’s already too late for Nelyn Frend Theodore Baker. His parents didn’t know about the threat. You do.