Timely Reminder: Adults urged to get vaccinated against flu and pertussis

USA Today serves up a timely reminder for us adults:  “Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone over six months old, only a third of Americans in this age group received one in 2009,” and “even fewer adults are vaccinated against whooping cough.”

But, in light of California’s current battle against “its largest whooping cough outbreak in more than 60 years, health officials are urging adults to get vaccinated as a way protect babies and other vulnerable patients.”

Indeed, “while whooping cough may be nothing more than a nuisance for an adult, it is a ‘tragedy’ for babies, who have no natural immunity against it and whose tiny airways make them especially vulnerable to respiratory bugs.”

Make an appointment today with your family physician to get your influenza vaccine and your dTap (diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis [whooping cough]) vaccine.

2 thoughts on “Timely Reminder: Adults urged to get vaccinated against flu and pertussis

  • Ruth, there are some scientific facts that may help displace your delusion (fixed, false belief):

    1) Number of U.S. citizens that die from influenza each year = up to 49,000 (and virtually all of these are unvaccinated).

    2) Number of U.S. citizens that are hospitalized because of influenza each year = up to 200,000 (and virtually all of these are unvaccinated).

    3) Number of people that die each year from the influenza vaccine = virtually zero.

    4) Number of people that develop Guillain-Barré syndrome from the influenza vaccine = less than one person out of 1 million.

    5) Number of people who have been shown to have EVER developed a neurotoxicity to the influenza vaccine = ZERO.

    6) Number of people who have developed Alzheimer’s Disease from ANY vaccine = ZERO.

    The theory of neurotoxicity of vaccines is one that is promoted predominately by what QuackWatch.com calls “quacks” and has no significant scientific evidence, in my opinion, to support it.

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