Gail Kuwahara: Be Responsible To Yourself And Others, And Vaccinate – September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

As the school year begins and students are returning to classes, the question many parents are asking is, what vaccines does my child need? In the past few years these requirements have changed. It is not just kindergarten students who need shots, but also students entering seventh grade and college students.

With the passage of Assembly Bill AB354, all children entering seventh to 12th grade are required to receive a Tdap booster in 2011,. In 2012, all children entering seventh grade are now required to get a Tdap booster (and older students if they missed last year). Tdap is the only immunization available in the United States that protects individuals over the age of 10 against pertussis.

Pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough is a serious disease that can be fatal to infants. This year alone there have been 1,154 hospitalizations in the state of California, three-quarters being infants younger than six months of age. Thirteen deaths attributable to pertussis occurred in 2011, most were in infants not old enough to receive the vaccine.

It is important that anyone who is anticipating contact with an infant under the age of six months be vaccinated for this disease to protect the infant from exposure. In teenagers and adults the illness can include a long convalescence and loss of time from school or work.

It is estimated that one case of undiagnosed pertussis can infect up to 17 other people and that 80 percent of all households will be affected by this disease unless family members get vaccinated.

While August and September are the peak season for outbreaks of Whooping Cough in our area, according to Humboldt County there have not been any reported cases in the county so far this year. Pertussis is a viral illness which starts with cold symptoms, mild cough, runny nose and fever which can last up to two weeks. The infected person is most contagious during this time.

The illness progresses to a severe prolonged cough with the classic whooping sound at the end for which it is named; this stage can last up to three months. It is possible that we can attribute the fact that we have not had any reported cases this year to the efforts of the county health department and our local medical providers to get our population vaccinated last year.

Students starting college this year should also receive a Meningitis vaccination. For many of these young adults it is their first time in a group living situation. Residence hall living some newfound freedoms, like kissing, not getting enough sleep, being exposed to smoke, sharing utensils, glasses and water bottles and being in crowed situations for prolonged periods of time put students at risk of contracting this serious illness.

Meningitis is a devastating viral illness that can progress from no symptoms at all to death or disability in just a single day. Meningitis can present with swelling of the brain or spinal cord or as a blood infection. It is difficult to recognize in the early stages because symptoms are very similar to other viral illnesses. About 10 percent of all Americans who get this disease will die from it, while 20 percent who survive the illness are left with serious medical problems including amputation of arms, legs, fingers and toes, brain damage, deafness or kidney damage.

All students should get an influenza vaccine to protect them from this common illness. The CDC has recommended early vaccination this year and it should be available in most medical offices, pharmacies and the health department now. Influenza (the flu as it is more commonly called) can cause mild to severe illness and is easily prevented by vaccination.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. It is spread by droplets so always cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent spreading the disease to others.

Parents please remember this is an exciting time for your child whether they are one of the “big kids now” entering middle school or a young adult heading off to college and getting their first big taste of independence. It is important to keep them safe from illness. Vaccinations are the best defense.

Finally, this is a time of changes for your child and getting established with a local medical provider will give them an opportunity seek needed treatment and discuss physical, emotional and social concerns. A medical provider can be more than someone to visit when you are sick. They can help your child make appropriate health and life style decisions that your child may not feel comfortable talking to teachers or parents about.

Establishing a relationship with a medical provider can assure that your child will continue to make healthy decisions long into the future.

Gail Kuwahara is a mother of four, grandmother of six and has worked at Open Door for 13 years.

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214 Responses to “Gail Kuwahara: Be Responsible To Yourself And Others, And Vaccinate – September 24, 2012”

  1. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The court case shows that the state agreed that the shots killed the child! As I showed you below, there is numerical data that shows the dangers of vaccines,esp.the pertussis one. The data I shared showed a 147 percent increase of juvenile diabetes because of vaccinations '

    #64309
  2. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The court case shows that the state agreed that the shots killed the child! As I showed you below, there is numerical data that shows the dangers of vaccines,esp.the pertussis one. The data I shared showed a 147 percent increase of juvenile diabetes because of vaccinations '

    #65677
  3. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The court case shows that the state agreed that the shots killed the child! As I showed you below, there is numerical data that shows the dangers of vaccines,esp.the pertussis one. The data I shared showed a 147 percent increase of juvenile diabetes because of vaccinations '

    #65925
  4. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The court case shows that the state agreed that the shots killed the child! As I showed you below, there is numerical data that shows the dangers of vaccines,esp.the pertussis one. The data I shared showed a 147 percent increase of juvenile diabetes because of vaccinations '

    #67085
  5. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The court case shows that the state agreed that the shots killed the child! As I showed you below, there is numerical data that shows the dangers of vaccines,esp.the pertussis one. The data I shared showed a 147 percent increase of juvenile diabetes because of vaccinations '

    #67890
  6. Ian Ray

    Laura, let me get this straight. You are not against all vaccinations, just certain vaccinations based on distrust of studies done by "experts". This seems a bit wishy-washy. Don't "experts" test dog vaccinations as well?

    And now you are taking the term "skeptic" away from us "true believers". What I am hearing is contrarian and/or suspicious, not skeptical. The Internet is full of snake oil salesmen and what lawyers will sue for is not necessarily statisically signficiant: skeptical. I don't believe because of some story or life expersince: suspicious.

    #64310
  7. Ian Ray

    Laura, let me get this straight. You are not against all vaccinations, just certain vaccinations based on distrust of studies done by "experts". This seems a bit wishy-washy. Don't "experts" test dog vaccinations as well?

    And now you are taking the term "skeptic" away from us "true believers". What I am hearing is contrarian and/or suspicious, not skeptical. The Internet is full of snake oil salesmen and what lawyers will sue for is not necessarily statisically signficiant: skeptical. I don't believe because of some story or life expersince: suspicious.

    #65678
  8. Ian Ray

    Laura, let me get this straight. You are not against all vaccinations, just certain vaccinations based on distrust of studies done by "experts". This seems a bit wishy-washy. Don't "experts" test dog vaccinations as well?

    And now you are taking the term "skeptic" away from us "true believers". What I am hearing is contrarian and/or suspicious, not skeptical. The Internet is full of snake oil salesmen and what lawyers will sue for is not necessarily statisically signficiant: skeptical. I don't believe because of some story or life expersince: suspicious.

    #65926
  9. Ian Ray

    Laura, let me get this straight. You are not against all vaccinations, just certain vaccinations based on distrust of studies done by "experts". This seems a bit wishy-washy. Don't "experts" test dog vaccinations as well?

    And now you are taking the term "skeptic" away from us "true believers". What I am hearing is contrarian and/or suspicious, not skeptical. The Internet is full of snake oil salesmen and what lawyers will sue for is not necessarily statisically signficiant: skeptical. I don't believe because of some story or life expersince: suspicious.

    #67086
  10. Ian Ray

    Laura, let me get this straight. You are not against all vaccinations, just certain vaccinations based on distrust of studies done by "experts". This seems a bit wishy-washy. Don't "experts" test dog vaccinations as well?

    And now you are taking the term "skeptic" away from us "true believers". What I am hearing is contrarian and/or suspicious, not skeptical. The Internet is full of snake oil salesmen and what lawyers will sue for is not necessarily statisically signficiant: skeptical. I don't believe because of some story or life expersince: suspicious.

    #67891
  11. Laura Cooskey

    Ian, i have never commented on this blog before, and i see you are a "Top Commenter." Well, i must say that you seem to be one who is most interested in "winning" — you're a competitive commenter. I'm not interested in whether i can outwit you with semantics. I just wanted to put out my story, and my life experience; these are certainly, and naturally, as important to me as any other kind of information. And assuming they might be of interest to anyone who actually wants to learn something besides what those with an entrenched mindset tell them, i posted my contribution. But there is nothing to argue about, especially fine-tunings of vocabulary, when the thread's point is unrelated to those words. Those debated words have to do with me and my attitude, not with vaccinations, which is the topic here. So, i now bow out and on to better things.

    #64311
  12. Laura Cooskey

    Ian, i have never commented on this blog before, and i see you are a "Top Commenter." Well, i must say that you seem to be one who is most interested in "winning" — you're a competitive commenter. I'm not interested in whether i can outwit you with semantics. I just wanted to put out my story, and my life experience; these are certainly, and naturally, as important to me as any other kind of information. And assuming they might be of interest to anyone who actually wants to learn something besides what those with an entrenched mindset tell them, i posted my contribution. But there is nothing to argue about, especially fine-tunings of vocabulary, when the thread's point is unrelated to those words. Those debated words have to do with me and my attitude, not with vaccinations, which is the topic here. So, i now bow out and on to better things.

    #65679
  13. Laura Cooskey

    Ian, i have never commented on this blog before, and i see you are a "Top Commenter." Well, i must say that you seem to be one who is most interested in "winning" — you're a competitive commenter. I'm not interested in whether i can outwit you with semantics. I just wanted to put out my story, and my life experience; these are certainly, and naturally, as important to me as any other kind of information. And assuming they might be of interest to anyone who actually wants to learn something besides what those with an entrenched mindset tell them, i posted my contribution. But there is nothing to argue about, especially fine-tunings of vocabulary, when the thread's point is unrelated to those words. Those debated words have to do with me and my attitude, not with vaccinations, which is the topic here. So, i now bow out and on to better things.

    #65927
  14. Laura Cooskey

    Ian, i have never commented on this blog before, and i see you are a "Top Commenter." Well, i must say that you seem to be one who is most interested in "winning" — you're a competitive commenter. I'm not interested in whether i can outwit you with semantics. I just wanted to put out my story, and my life experience; these are certainly, and naturally, as important to me as any other kind of information. And assuming they might be of interest to anyone who actually wants to learn something besides what those with an entrenched mindset tell them, i posted my contribution. But there is nothing to argue about, especially fine-tunings of vocabulary, when the thread's point is unrelated to those words. Those debated words have to do with me and my attitude, not with vaccinations, which is the topic here. So, i now bow out and on to better things.

    #67087
  15. Laura Cooskey

    Ian, i have never commented on this blog before, and i see you are a "Top Commenter." Well, i must say that you seem to be one who is most interested in "winning" — you're a competitive commenter. I'm not interested in whether i can outwit you with semantics. I just wanted to put out my story, and my life experience; these are certainly, and naturally, as important to me as any other kind of information. And assuming they might be of interest to anyone who actually wants to learn something besides what those with an entrenched mindset tell them, i posted my contribution. But there is nothing to argue about, especially fine-tunings of vocabulary, when the thread's point is unrelated to those words. Those debated words have to do with me and my attitude, not with vaccinations, which is the topic here. So, i now bow out and on to better things.

    #67892
  16. Ian Ray

    As long as we can have the words skeptic and true believer back, I am good.

    #64312
  17. Ian Ray

    As long as we can have the words skeptic and true believer back, I am good.

    #65680
  18. Ian Ray

    As long as we can have the words skeptic and true believer back, I am good.

    #65928
  19. Ian Ray

    As long as we can have the words skeptic and true believer back, I am good.

    #67088
  20. Ian Ray

    As long as we can have the words skeptic and true believer back, I am good.

    #67893
  21. "Mark Sailors . I dont think its ok to divulge her name because just as there is doc/patient privacy, I as her patient dont feel comfortable sharing private info about her."

    There is nothing called "patient doctor "confidentiality. Name a name or i don't believe that was said to you. Now i do believe that is what you WANTED to hear.

    #64315
  22. "Mark Sailors . I dont think its ok to divulge her name because just as there is doc/patient privacy, I as her patient dont feel comfortable sharing private info about her."

    There is nothing called "patient doctor "confidentiality. Name a name or i don't believe that was said to you. Now i do believe that is what you WANTED to hear.

    #65662
  23. "Mark Sailors . I dont think its ok to divulge her name because just as there is doc/patient privacy, I as her patient dont feel comfortable sharing private info about her."

    There is nothing called "patient doctor "confidentiality. Name a name or i don't believe that was said to you. Now i do believe that is what you WANTED to hear.

    #65910
  24. "Mark Sailors . I dont think its ok to divulge her name because just as there is doc/patient privacy, I as her patient dont feel comfortable sharing private info about her."

    There is nothing called "patient doctor "confidentiality. Name a name or i don't believe that was said to you. Now i do believe that is what you WANTED to hear.

    #67070
  25. "Mark Sailors . I dont think its ok to divulge her name because just as there is doc/patient privacy, I as her patient dont feel comfortable sharing private info about her."

    There is nothing called "patient doctor "confidentiality. Name a name or i don't believe that was said to you. Now i do believe that is what you WANTED to hear.

    #67875
  26. Kevin Hoover

    Vaccines have virtually eliminated smallpox and polio, but never mind that. Fringe doctors, plus one person’s random observations and anecdotes are what we should base medicine on.

    If throwing out the last few centuries of immunological research and experience in favor of pre-scientific approaches is such a good idea, why stop there?

    How about geology? Let’s just accept that all of this was created in an instant, with the fossil record buried in place.

    And astronomy. They had it right in the first place – the sun revolves around Earth. Oh, wait. orbits and stuff – that’s so sciencey. Like modern medicine, it’s not to be trusted. The universe must be riding on the back of a giant turtle.

    This is exciting – abandoning science is really going to streamline things.

    So, what have we learned? Doctors use vaccines to hurt you, Earth poofed into existence 6,000 years ago and it’s turtles all the way down.

    #64316
  27. Kevin Hoover

    Vaccines have virtually eliminated smallpox and polio, but never mind that. Fringe doctors, plus one person’s random observations and anecdotes are what we should base medicine on.

    If throwing out the last few centuries of immunological research and experience in favor of pre-scientific approaches is such a good idea, why stop there?

    How about geology? Let’s just accept that all of this was created in an instant, with the fossil record buried in place.

    And astronomy. They had it right in the first place – the sun revolves around Earth. Oh, wait. orbits and stuff – that’s so sciencey. Like modern medicine, it’s not to be trusted. The universe must be riding on the back of a giant turtle.

    This is exciting – abandoning science is really going to streamline things.

    So, what have we learned? Doctors use vaccines to hurt you, Earth poofed into existence 6,000 years ago and it’s turtles all the way down.

    #65667
  28. Kevin Hoover

    Vaccines have virtually eliminated smallpox and polio, but never mind that. Fringe doctors, plus one person’s random observations and anecdotes are what we should base medicine on.

    If throwing out the last few centuries of immunological research and experience in favor of pre-scientific approaches is such a good idea, why stop there?

    How about geology? Let’s just accept that all of this was created in an instant, with the fossil record buried in place.

    And astronomy. They had it right in the first place – the sun revolves around Earth. Oh, wait. orbits and stuff – that’s so sciencey. Like modern medicine, it’s not to be trusted. The universe must be riding on the back of a giant turtle.

    This is exciting – abandoning science is really going to streamline things.

    So, what have we learned? Doctors use vaccines to hurt you, Earth poofed into existence 6,000 years ago and it’s turtles all the way down.

    #65915
  29. Kevin Hoover

    Vaccines have virtually eliminated smallpox and polio, but never mind that. Fringe doctors, plus one person’s random observations and anecdotes are what we should base medicine on.

    If throwing out the last few centuries of immunological research and experience in favor of pre-scientific approaches is such a good idea, why stop there?

    How about geology? Let’s just accept that all of this was created in an instant, with the fossil record buried in place.

    And astronomy. They had it right in the first place – the sun revolves around Earth. Oh, wait. orbits and stuff – that’s so sciencey. Like modern medicine, it’s not to be trusted. The universe must be riding on the back of a giant turtle.

    This is exciting – abandoning science is really going to streamline things.

    So, what have we learned? Doctors use vaccines to hurt you, Earth poofed into existence 6,000 years ago and it’s turtles all the way down.

    #67075
  30. Kevin Hoover

    Vaccines have virtually eliminated smallpox and polio, but never mind that. Fringe doctors, plus one person’s random observations and anecdotes are what we should base medicine on.

    If throwing out the last few centuries of immunological research and experience in favor of pre-scientific approaches is such a good idea, why stop there?

    How about geology? Let’s just accept that all of this was created in an instant, with the fossil record buried in place.

    And astronomy. They had it right in the first place – the sun revolves around Earth. Oh, wait. orbits and stuff – that’s so sciencey. Like modern medicine, it’s not to be trusted. The universe must be riding on the back of a giant turtle.

    This is exciting – abandoning science is really going to streamline things.

    So, what have we learned? Doctors use vaccines to hurt you, Earth poofed into existence 6,000 years ago and it’s turtles all the way down.

    #67880
  31. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    Only 10 percent of the nation ever got the small pox vaccine,the guy who invented the polio vaccine said it wasnt the reason polio was wiped out but it was due to improved sewage and access to clean water. Its not that we are anti science ,its that dont trust scientist hired by big business to validate safety of their product.

    #64321
  32. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    Only 10 percent of the nation ever got the small pox vaccine,the guy who invented the polio vaccine said it wasnt the reason polio was wiped out but it was due to improved sewage and access to clean water. Its not that we are anti science ,its that dont trust scientist hired by big business to validate safety of their product.

    #65668
  33. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    Only 10 percent of the nation ever got the small pox vaccine,the guy who invented the polio vaccine said it wasnt the reason polio was wiped out but it was due to improved sewage and access to clean water. Its not that we are anti science ,its that dont trust scientist hired by big business to validate safety of their product.

    #65916
  34. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    Only 10 percent of the nation ever got the small pox vaccine,the guy who invented the polio vaccine said it wasnt the reason polio was wiped out but it was due to improved sewage and access to clean water. Its not that we are anti science ,its that dont trust scientist hired by big business to validate safety of their product.

    #67076
  35. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    Only 10 percent of the nation ever got the small pox vaccine,the guy who invented the polio vaccine said it wasnt the reason polio was wiped out but it was due to improved sewage and access to clean water. Its not that we are anti science ,its that dont trust scientist hired by big business to validate safety of their product.

    #67881
  36. Ian Ray

    Another point to consider is that vaccine development for both efficacy and safety has been steadily evolving with time. In contrast, the arguments against vaccines are exactly the same as they were in 1867 when the England mandated smallpox immunization and the grassroots anti-vaccine propaganda machine was born.

    One more point is while the cdc freely admits vaccines are not 100% effective and some vaccines are far more effective than others, nowhere does the cdc say the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease being vaccinated against.

    #64322
  37. Ian Ray

    Another point to consider is that vaccine development for both efficacy and safety has been steadily evolving with time. In contrast, the arguments against vaccines are exactly the same as they were in 1867 when the England mandated smallpox immunization and the grassroots anti-vaccine propaganda machine was born.

    One more point is while the cdc freely admits vaccines are not 100% effective and some vaccines are far more effective than others, nowhere does the cdc say the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease being vaccinated against.

    #65669
  38. Ian Ray

    Another point to consider is that vaccine development for both efficacy and safety has been steadily evolving with time. In contrast, the arguments against vaccines are exactly the same as they were in 1867 when the England mandated smallpox immunization and the grassroots anti-vaccine propaganda machine was born.

    One more point is while the cdc freely admits vaccines are not 100% effective and some vaccines are far more effective than others, nowhere does the cdc say the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease being vaccinated against.

    #65917
  39. Ian Ray

    Another point to consider is that vaccine development for both efficacy and safety has been steadily evolving with time. In contrast, the arguments against vaccines are exactly the same as they were in 1867 when the England mandated smallpox immunization and the grassroots anti-vaccine propaganda machine was born.

    One more point is while the cdc freely admits vaccines are not 100% effective and some vaccines are far more effective than others, nowhere does the cdc say the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease being vaccinated against.

    #67077
  40. Ian Ray

    Another point to consider is that vaccine development for both efficacy and safety has been steadily evolving with time. In contrast, the arguments against vaccines are exactly the same as they were in 1867 when the England mandated smallpox immunization and the grassroots anti-vaccine propaganda machine was born.

    One more point is while the cdc freely admits vaccines are not 100% effective and some vaccines are far more effective than others, nowhere does the cdc say the vaccine is more dangerous than the disease being vaccinated against.

    #67882
  41. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The cdc are idiots. The also say chronic lymes disease doesn't exist, which I can tell you first hand is a fallacy. Also Ian, the fact is we now have more vaccines than ever before and dont know what the long term risks are.W e are gonna have to agree to disagree on this as you both wanna use 'science" when it suits you but seem to ignore science when it doesn't suit you. I provided numerical data from studies that showed an 147% increase in diabetes due to vaccine use and quotes and data from top disease control specialists including the chief vaccine officer of the f.D.A….Kevin is so immature he would rather post stupid pics like some kinda heckler than take the time to debate with class.

    #64324
  42. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The cdc are idiots. The also say chronic lymes disease doesn't exist, which I can tell you first hand is a fallacy. Also Ian, the fact is we now have more vaccines than ever before and dont know what the long term risks are.W e are gonna have to agree to disagree on this as you both wanna use 'science" when it suits you but seem to ignore science when it doesn't suit you. I provided numerical data from studies that showed an 147% increase in diabetes due to vaccine use and quotes and data from top disease control specialists including the chief vaccine officer of the f.D.A….Kevin is so immature he would rather post stupid pics like some kinda heckler than take the time to debate with class.

    #65671
  43. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The cdc are idiots. The also say chronic lymes disease doesn't exist, which I can tell you first hand is a fallacy. Also Ian, the fact is we now have more vaccines than ever before and dont know what the long term risks are.W e are gonna have to agree to disagree on this as you both wanna use 'science" when it suits you but seem to ignore science when it doesn't suit you. I provided numerical data from studies that showed an 147% increase in diabetes due to vaccine use and quotes and data from top disease control specialists including the chief vaccine officer of the f.D.A….Kevin is so immature he would rather post stupid pics like some kinda heckler than take the time to debate with class.

    #65919
  44. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The cdc are idiots. The also say chronic lymes disease doesn't exist, which I can tell you first hand is a fallacy. Also Ian, the fact is we now have more vaccines than ever before and dont know what the long term risks are.W e are gonna have to agree to disagree on this as you both wanna use 'science" when it suits you but seem to ignore science when it doesn't suit you. I provided numerical data from studies that showed an 147% increase in diabetes due to vaccine use and quotes and data from top disease control specialists including the chief vaccine officer of the f.D.A….Kevin is so immature he would rather post stupid pics like some kinda heckler than take the time to debate with class.

    #67079
  45. RasMike Wilmeth Cmt

    The cdc are idiots. The also say chronic lymes disease doesn't exist, which I can tell you first hand is a fallacy. Also Ian, the fact is we now have more vaccines than ever before and dont know what the long term risks are.W e are gonna have to agree to disagree on this as you both wanna use 'science" when it suits you but seem to ignore science when it doesn't suit you. I provided numerical data from studies that showed an 147% increase in diabetes due to vaccine use and quotes and data from top disease control specialists including the chief vaccine officer of the f.D.A….Kevin is so immature he would rather post stupid pics like some kinda heckler than take the time to debate with class.

    #67884

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