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Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection that still affects thousands of Americans - in spite of the whooping cough vaccine.
Is the whooping cough vaccine enough to protect your child from pertussis? The fact is that most kids who contract whooping cough have already been vaccinated against the condition.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tells us that the best way to prevent whooping cough is through vaccinations.
Reports and media both speculate that the hysteria surrounding vaccinations is the reason why whooping cough rates continue to escalate.
What these reports fail to mention is that most of the children who contract whooping cough have also been vaccinated against whooping cough.
For example, in 2009 The Star-Ledger reported an outbreak of whooping cough that occurred in 21 fully vaccinated children in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (1)
In 2010, a team of journalists came together and spent four months investigating the nine California counties most affected by whooping cough. They found that 44 to 83 percent of those who had contracted the infection had been fully vaccinated. Also, in Ohio and Texas, two states that are reported as having record numbers of whooping cough cases, 75 and 67.5 percent respectively of these cases had been vaccinated.
Health officials recommend that children receive vaccinations against whooping cough in five doses, with the first shot at age two months and the final shot between four and six years. The vaccine is not fully effective until all five doses are given. At around 11 or 12, a booster shot is recommended.
The California state legislature recently passed a law in September 2010 in response to the whooping cough outbreak. The new law targets children in grades 7 to 12. Starting with the 2012 - 2013 school year, parents have been told that incoming seventh graders will need to provide proof of vaccination.
It’s now recommended that we vaccinate ourselves in order to protect others.
At this point, the CDC recommends that:
Regardless of your choice to vaccinate for the whooping cough or not, it is essential to focus on strengthening the immune system naturally.
A diet that is low in sugar and high in immune-boosting foods like fermented foods and probiotic beverages will naturally protect your child from any infection, including whooping cough. A low-sugar diet also means limiting refined grains and complex carbohydrates.
If you have an infant, diet applies here as well: Infants do best with breast milk, period. Adding formula to an infant’s diet for extra nutrition may create more stress for a still-developing system.
Try giving your infant or your child a little juice from a batch of fermented vegetables or a teaspoon of InnergyBiotic. This can safely and gently inoculate the gut with friendly and immune-boosting bacteria.
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that continues to plague thousands of Americans, even after being vaccinated. In fact, most children who contract the condition have already been vaccinated against whooping cough.
Although physicians recommend that children receive whooping cough vaccinations in five different doses from ages two months to up to six years, many parents don't realize that they have the right to refuse vaccination.
Whether you choose to vaccinate or not, you can start out on the right foot by strengthening your child’s immune system naturally.
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