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|Mon, 08-25-2003 - 8:53pm|
One of my twins (age 10) contracted Whooping cough (Pertussus)at the end of this last school year (June 2003). She went more than three weeks before she was diagnosed, because apparently most doctors have never seen or treated it before, and because she has asthma and some of the symptoms are similar. Her school KNEW there were children who had it, but did NOT notfy the parents, due to fear of a budget shortfall. They were apparently afraid that a great number of parents would pull their children out of school when they heard about the outbreak. Well, I would have been one of them! MY daughter, being 3 pounds at birth, had a severe reaction to her first DPT shot at age 2 months. Therefore, the pediatrician did NOT want her vaccinated against the Pertussus. This is why she contracted it at age 10. The source of her contamination, according to the school? Parents who refused to vaccinate their children. We do not live in an area where there is a great deal of immigrants, which is another likely source for communicable diseases in this country. My daughter nearly died four times because of this disease, which is actually quite easily cured when caught early enough (5 days on oral erthyramycin). She was hospitalized 4 times during her three week ordeal. Please, do your child a favor and save lives, vaccinate your child. A VERY, VERY. VERY small number of children like my daughter cannot be vaccinated. I understand that. To protect them, PLEASE vaccinate your child unless you have a medical reason to do so otherwise. I am still very angry at the parents who deliberately (in my opinion) put my child's life in danger because of their selfish or self-centered attitudes. I am a biologist. I know very well the pros and cons of vaccinations. I know as much as most scientists do about how viruses, bacteria (Pertussus is actually a bacteria not a virus, as many are lead to believe)and vaccinations are controlled and how they proliferate, and in almost every case, the pros outweigh the cons for vaccinating your child. Please, do not be the cause of the death of a child. There is a REASON we vaccinate children! It is NOT to make money. In every state you can vaccinate your child for free. MOST of the diseases we vaccinate for have the capacity to cause death, especially in infants, the eldery and children with medical conditions (like my daughter's asthma). I beg you to think about your own child's health as well. Infants who get whooping cough (it is EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY contagious!!!) often die of it. They cough so hard they stop breathing. My daughter vomited for 5 weeks because the cough was so severe it damaged her diaphragm, which constantly pushed on her stomach any time she had food in there and every time she coughed. She ONLY weighed 50 pounds before she got it, and is now at 45 pounds at age 10! She is petite, yes, but lost weight due to the vomiting and stopped breathing many times (hence the hospitalizations) due to the severity of the cough. Though she has been treated and is no longer contagious, she still coughs constantly and may do so for the rest of her life. The doctor said her lungs may have been permanently affected. I do not wish this on ANYONE!!! Please, just really think about my daughter Sami and other children before you say NO to vaccinating your child. Thank you.