This post in in honor of my close friend’s cousin Francesca Marie McNally, who died from Pertussis, a preventable illness, at 2 months old and was buried this week .
Fanny McNally February 24, 2012- May 17, 2012
Francesca died of Whooping Cough or Pertussis, an illness that is preventable though a vaccine. Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
According to the CDC :
Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications in infants and young children, especially those who are not fully vaccinated.
In infants younger than 1 year of age who get pertussis, more than half must be hospitalized. The younger the infant, the more likely treatment in the hospital will be needed. Of those infants who are hospitalized with pertussis, about:
1 in 5 get pneumonia (lung infection)
1 in 100 will have convulsions (violent, uncontrolled shaking)
Half will have apnea (slowed or stopped breathing)
1 in 300 will have encephalopathy (disease of the brain)
1 in 100 will die
Adults and older children can unknowingly pass this on to babies that do not have enough immunity from vaccinations if they have not been vaccinated.
THIS CAN ALL BE PREVENTED
WITH A SIMPLE VACCINE
Every 10 year, you needs to get a Pertussis booster (Tdap- tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) in order for the vaccine to be effective against the illness.
I was given the shot by my midwife after I gave birth, and I think that this should be the norm to prevent the spread to children regardless of your views of vaccinating children. (She also was going to give it to my husband, Mr. BBH, but since he works in the medical field, he was up-to-date on his shots.)
If only they sent reminders like I get for my dog’s shots – “due for the TDaP shot” on this certain date.
Plus, if you don’t want to go to the Doctor, you can also get vaccinated at many CVS minute clinics, or your local Heath Department Office.
Listen to the sound of Pertussis from the CDC Website
Please talk to your Doctor or go to your local Health Department Clinic for the Pertussis Vaccine TODAY in Franny’s memory.