- In 2012, there were 48,277 reported cases of whooping cough, the highest since 1955.
- Texas is currently fighting a whooping cough epidemic.
- Washington State experienced a whooping cough epidemic in 2012
Child Custody on Friday, November 15, 2013. Julia Ioffe, a senior editor at the New Republic, has the whooping cough and is not pleased. We conquered whooping cough along with the Nazis in the 1940s. Why is it back? What does it have to do with child custody? Some parents decline immunization as a tenet of their religious beliefs. Some parents fear the risk of serious reactions to vaccines, and some think chemicals in vaccines cause autism. When Jacob Holmes was 1, his pediatrician administered the MMR II vaccine. 9 days later he experienced seizures. 6 months later he was dead. Extremely contagious whooping cough was conquered by a vaccine invented in the 1940s. Yet, in 2010 a whooping cough outbreak killed 10 babies in California. Studies show that children who did not get vaccinated contributed to the California outbreak. The decision not to vaccinate can have a big impact in society: