As vaccine fears rise, so does whooping cough
On the news that whooping cough is on the rise in Hillsborough County, the question inevitably comes up: Are the anti-vaccine forces to blame?
Seven families, spread throughout the Hillsborough County, are responsible for a large portion of the cases, Hillsborough County reports. Among them was one family that does not believe in immunizations, health officials said.
You can't blame all this on the anti-vax folks though. Children receive the vaccine that protects them against pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus in five stages — at two months, four months, six months, between 15 and 18 months and between 4 and 6 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults — particularly those who come in contact with infants and small children — receive a vaccine booster dose every 10 years.
Medical experts say they think the real issue often is not religion, but unfounded fears of a connection between vaccines and autism.
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