California health officials say an infant has died from whooping cough, a highly contagious disease. It’s the first confirmed death since 2010 when an epidemic killed 10 infants in the state.
No Californian died from whooping cough in 2011, the first year since 1991 that there have been no deaths in the state from the highly infectious illness.
By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
The vaccine against whooping cough falters after only about three years, a preliminary study suggests, adding support to school rules requiring kids to get the vaccination periodically.
Dozens of students were sent home from school Wednesday and dozens more didn’t even show up after the new deadline for vaccination against whooping cough passed.
Local school districts have issued deadlines for students to get whooping cough vaccinations. See the list of school districts and the deadline for each.
Some 3 million public and private school students in California must prove they have had a booster vaccination against whooping cough to attend grades 7 through 12 this fall.
More than 21,000 people got whooping cough last year, many of them children and teens. That’s the highest number since 2005 and among the worst years in more than half a century, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
California health officials want parents of teens to get up to date on their whooping cough vaccine to get into compliance with a new law for 2011.
More than 5,270 cases of whooping cough have been reported in California’s growing epidemic, which has killed nine babies this year.