nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Whooping Cough Outbreak In California: Update

Public health officials blaming doctors for missing cases of whooping cough.  Maybe we should send our docs to 3d world countries to experience cases of disease that have become rare in countries who actually vaccinate.

I saw a couple of case of pertussis (whooping cough) back in my early years, but not much since...BECAUSE THERE'S A VACCINE. 

Which California has decided is a personal "decision of conscience" for parents, instead of a public health requirement.  The percentage of immune children has been falling due to influx of non-immune Hispanics and New Age parental refusal.

So, as of this week, the pertuss outbreak in California has quadrupled the number of cases (so far), and eight children have died (NBC San Diego, Sep 7).  And it aint over yet.

If doctors don't see cases of a disease very often (like the plague) they are less likely to recognize the rare case. (except now it's less rare in CA; the good news--if there is any--is more docs will have experience with it). They should get out the textbooks and refresh their knowledge.

But it's worth publishing a graph from a very old post of mine.  It's a CDC graphic about "The Life Cycle of a Vaccine."  Red is the disease line; blue is the vaccine rate.   It's either a short attention-span problem, or humanity's inability to learn from history.  Vaccines make diseases rare, so people don't want to take it, and the disease comes back.  See that post for more information:

Doc D


Anonymous said...

Cool graph. I tried to read the linked post, but the link is broken.

Doc D said...

My fault. It's fixed now, or paste

WarmSocks said...

Thank you. Good information.

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