Be the first to like.

Share

While the spike was startling, Dr. James D. Cherry, a whooping cough expert at the University of California, Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine, said it was not particularly worrying. Whooping cough rates tend to be cyclical, he noted, peaking every three years on average. And although a study in 2016 found a correlation between vaccination rates and the rates of both whooping cough and measles, confirmed cases have also risen because of increased awareness and better diagnostic tests.

Nonetheless, Aurora Le, project coordinator of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative at Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington, said she “cannot stress enough” the importance of administering childhood vaccines on a standard schedule. “Whooping cough and measles, especially, are two of the most preventable infectious diseases in the Western world,” she said.

“I am very much behind the belief that this is something that should be taken of note and is of concern, just because a lot of times, complacency can be the underlying source of these outbreaks,” Ms. Le added, urging — as did the Department of Health — not only timely vaccination but also a greater focus on handwashing and cough etiquette.

… Read More

Be the first to like.

Share
NYTimes

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply