Our friends at SAESHE have informed us that Los Angeles County is currently experiencing the worst epidemic of whooping cough in 60 years, with more than 870 cases last year alone. Effective of July 1, 2011, a new California school immunization law will require all 7th-12th graders in public and private schools to receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) shot, protecting them from whooping cough. LADPH and Los Angeles County, are currently asking their citizens: Are vaccinations safe? Why should we get vaccinated?
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a multi-media public education campaign called “Stay Healthy. Vaccinate”, urging parents and caretakers to get their loved ones vaccinated against serious disease like whooping cough and the flu. The campaign uses print, television and radio spots, and will provide interactive content and information through social networks like Facebook and YouTube. The campaign also features its own website: www.vaccinateLA.com.
“Vaccines save thousands of lives each year and are the best way to protect your children and the community against serious diseases such as influenza, measles, polio, and whooping cough (pertussis). Choosing not to vaccinate your children can have serious consequences,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “Los Angeles County is currently experiencing the worst epidemic of whooping cough in 60 years, with more than 870 cases last year alone. We encourage everyone to talk to their doctor about the right vaccines for their children and themselves.”
In an effort to answer the misconceptions and myths surrounding vaccines, click here and here. For more information on the “Stay Healthy. Vaccinate.” campaign or on Tdap and other recommended vaccines, visit http://www.vaccinateLA.com.