Whooping cough fears for East Lancashire babies

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Mums-to-be being urged to get vaccinated as number of cases rising Mums-to-be being urged to get vaccinated as number of cases rising

PREGNANT women in East Lancashire have been urged to get a vaccination that will protect their new-born babies against whooping cough.

The vaccine is for all mums-to-be between 28 and 38 weeks of their pregnancy.

It is designed to boost the short-term immunity passed on by mums to their babies while they are still in the womb.

Whooping cough can lead to pneumonia or permanent brain damage.

So far in 2014 across Cumbria and Lancashire there have been 17 confirmed cases and a further 22 reported.

There have also been two confirmed case of whooping cough in Blackburn with Darwen and two other reported cases.

In Blackburn with Darwen an average of 56 per cent of eligible women had the vaccine between January and March this year. Across Lancashire that figure was around 53 per cent.

Mums-to-be are advised to contact their GP or midwife for further information on how to get vaccinated.

Dr Gifford Kerr, consultant in public health for Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “This is an important message for pregnant women. They need to take full advantage of these vaccinations to protect their new-borns.

"It is also important we continue to remind all parents to ensure their babies are vaccinated against whooping cough as part of the childhood vaccination programme to continue their protection.”

Lancashire Telegraph medical expert, Dr Tom Smith said: “It’s a good idea because pregnant women are themselves prone to bad experiences with whooping cough. Because their lungs are compressed by the baby, it can make them very short of breath and have to gasp for air.

“It can come in waves - you have really bad years then you won’t see a case of whooping cough for a while. If there are signs that outbreaks are starting up then vaccination is a good idea. It has a bad effect on very young children and small babies. ”

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4:39pm Mon 16 Jun 14

woolywords says...

I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely?
Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there.

Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there.
I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely? Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there. Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there. woolywords
  • Score: 3

5:06pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Claire1gb says...

woolywords wrote:
I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely?
Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there.

Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there.
Not everyone can be vaccinated for whooping cough... Myself being one of the few who can't... Are we bad mothers? What do you suggest we're supposed to do besides face scrutiny?
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely? Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there. Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there.[/p][/quote]Not everyone can be vaccinated for whooping cough... Myself being one of the few who can't... Are we bad mothers? What do you suggest we're supposed to do besides face scrutiny? Claire1gb
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Claire1gb wrote:
woolywords wrote:
I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely?
Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there.

Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there.
Not everyone can be vaccinated for whooping cough... Myself being one of the few who can't... Are we bad mothers? What do you suggest we're supposed to do besides face scrutiny?
If you are unable to tolerate the vaccine, then you should be yelling from the rooftops to get those around you vaccinated because, believe it or not, there is such a thing as, herd immunisation. This is where you gain protection from having all those around you who are vaccinated, in effect, protecting you because the bacillus isn't being transmitted from persons to person.
This doesn't mean to say that you won't contract it but the risk elements associated with it are much reduced in such a situation. (Ask your Dr or have a wander around the web for Pertussis and herd immunisation.)
It's about risk management, where, if only 56% are taking this up, your chances are around 50:50, in risk. However, if 95% take it up, your chances drop to 1 in 20 - about the same as being hit by a vehicle, as a pedestrian. With around 42500 people aged between 0-19 in the borough, your risk is greatly magnified, as it is more likely to occur in that age range. So those that don't take this up, constitute a danger to your health.
Feel free to read this to any Dr and ask for confirmation of what I state. And while you are there, make sure that your TB protection is up to date, as that is on the increase too. Although, if as i suspect, that you are a CF sufferer, it doesn't apply to you, as you have a single gene protection that the rest of us don't have. (I've dodged TB, 3 times, while living Blackburn, in 15 years but only because I keep all my jabs, bang up to date.)
[quote][p][bold]Claire1gb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: I've never understood this parental resistance, to having the proper protection in place for their offspring. It has to be borderline criminal, to not protect them, surely? Somebody needs to do the Math of risk, in a comparison between a protected child and one that isn't. Common sense says, that the more that remain unprotected, it increases the risk of an epidemic of whatever it is that is out there. Get the little beggars stabbed with a needle, if only to give them something proper to moan about. Better that, than any of the tragic side effects or death, of contracting any of the diseases out there.[/p][/quote]Not everyone can be vaccinated for whooping cough... Myself being one of the few who can't... Are we bad mothers? What do you suggest we're supposed to do besides face scrutiny?[/p][/quote]If you are unable to tolerate the vaccine, then you should be yelling from the rooftops to get those around you vaccinated because, believe it or not, there is such a thing as, herd immunisation. This is where you gain protection from having all those around you who are vaccinated, in effect, protecting you because the bacillus isn't being transmitted from persons to person. This doesn't mean to say that you won't contract it but the risk elements associated with it are much reduced in such a situation. (Ask your Dr or have a wander around the web for Pertussis and herd immunisation.) It's about risk management, where, if only 56% are taking this up, your chances are around 50:50, in risk. However, if 95% take it up, your chances drop to 1 in 20 - about the same as being hit by a vehicle, as a pedestrian. With around 42500 people aged between 0-19 in the borough, your risk is greatly magnified, as it is more likely to occur in that age range. So those that don't take this up, constitute a danger to your health. Feel free to read this to any Dr and ask for confirmation of what I state. And while you are there, make sure that your TB protection is up to date, as that is on the increase too. Although, if as i suspect, that you are a CF sufferer, it doesn't apply to you, as you have a single gene protection that the rest of us don't have. (I've dodged TB, 3 times, while living Blackburn, in 15 years but only because I keep all my jabs, bang up to date.) woolywords
  • Score: 7

8:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

liddle 'un says...

We should count ourselves lucky. In Pakistan, 65 people a day die from Whooping cough.
We should count ourselves lucky. In Pakistan, 65 people a day die from Whooping cough. liddle 'un
  • Score: 5

9:15pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world.

The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful.

In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world.

Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough.
Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world. The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful. In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world. Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough. Excluded again
  • Score: 6

9:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Claire1gb says...

Excluded again wrote:
Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world.

The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful.

In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world.

Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough.
My father suffers with epilepsy, I had childhood narcolepsy... The vaccine has a high rate of triggering fits in those of us who are already prone... Epilepsy and narcolepsy are passed from parent to offspring... Hence... No vaccination
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world. The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful. In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world. Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough.[/p][/quote]My father suffers with epilepsy, I had childhood narcolepsy... The vaccine has a high rate of triggering fits in those of us who are already prone... Epilepsy and narcolepsy are passed from parent to offspring... Hence... No vaccination Claire1gb
  • Score: 0

9:38pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Claire1gb wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world.

The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful.

In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world.

Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough.
My father suffers with epilepsy, I had childhood narcolepsy... The vaccine has a high rate of triggering fits in those of us who are already prone... Epilepsy and narcolepsy are passed from parent to offspring... Hence... No vaccination
If you have had medical advice that you and your children can't have the vaccine then fair enough. But everyone who is not vaccinated is putting your children at great risk as they are especially vulnerable to the disease.
[quote][p][bold]Claire1gb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Whooping cough is a fatal disease. Last year it killed nearly 300 000 people across the world. The disease causes infection of the windpipe leading to a persistent violent cough and struggling for breath - hence the name whooping cough. Death is long drawn out and painful. In a few cases the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine can include a fever, some redness or swelling at the point of injection. There have been no recorded deaths from the whooping cough vaccine anywhere in the world. Now, run past me again why you have not vaccinated your child against whooping cough.[/p][/quote]My father suffers with epilepsy, I had childhood narcolepsy... The vaccine has a high rate of triggering fits in those of us who are already prone... Epilepsy and narcolepsy are passed from parent to offspring... Hence... No vaccination[/p][/quote]If you have had medical advice that you and your children can't have the vaccine then fair enough. But everyone who is not vaccinated is putting your children at great risk as they are especially vulnerable to the disease. Excluded again
  • Score: 7

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