In 2014 there were only 14 cases of whooping cough in Kent County, but in January of 2015 there have been six already and medical professionals believe that the number will rise.
Whooping cough cases aren’t just rising in Michigan, but all over the country. A recent outbreak in Allegan County ravaged the population in Hamilton.
Doctors are telling the population to vaccinate, because whooping cough, also known as pertussis, can be more dangerous for young children and babies than it is for teens and adults.
Associate medical director at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s ER, Dr. Jackson Lanphear, says that he’s always recommended vaccinations. He added that he gets to see firsthand what unvaccinated children go through:
You hate to see a little kid with it when it could have easily been prevented.
Pertussis or whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory infection whose name was inspired after the sound people make when they cough.
Lanphear stated that the majority of the whooping cough cases were children who had not been vaccinated. The rest of the cases were infants and even newborn who had not yet reached the age where they get vaccinated against whooping cough. Lanphear said that the newborns and infants caught the whooping cough from people who were not vaccinated against the disease.
He added that the benefits of a vaccine always outweigh the risks and that people should not be making their decisions based on what people on TV are doing or saying.
Vaccines aren’t without side effects. Most side effects fall into the allergic reactions range. Allergic reactions can happen from any type of medicine, taken orally or through injections. The recent anti-vaccine stance that has been gaining popularity around the world is harming children and bringing back diseases that were almost eradicated, doctors agree.
The vast majority of medical professionals urge people to vaccinate their children or at least start a discussion with your doctor before making any decisions.
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