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|Whooping cough is thought to be on the rise for two main reasons. The whooping cough vaccine you receive as a child eventually wears off, leaving most teenagers and adults susceptible to the infection during an outbreak — and there continue to be regular outbreaks. In addition, children aren't fully immune to whooping cough until they've received at least three shots, leaving those 6 months and younger at greatest risk of contracting the infection.|
|59-89% effective in preventing pertussis|
Thank you for your response. I am also bothered by the number of sick kids at my dd's preschool. I keep her home when she's sick, but as a sahm I guess I have a luxury other parents don't. If the truly sick kids were kept home though, I think all the kids would be healthier. But, it might be the nature of little kids in big groups...they just don't have a handle on hygiene yet!
Actually, that's not the only factor in the rise of whooping cough.
According to the [URL="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/whooping-cough/DS00445/DSECTION=risk-factors"]mayo clinic[
and the NNii notes that the DTap is only
And you know, I'm a parent trying to make the best decisions for my children and family and community just like any other parent. There is no call to disparage me or my choices.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
I was under the impression that if you have a vax preventable disease in your school, any unvax'd children must be excluded, not a voluntary thing at all. So you might want to check into that first. This issue is the biggest reason for schools to have vaccination records.