Pertussis Can Kill

Syfy Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, sweepstakes, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View

Pertussis Can Kill

dana_mccaffery.jpg

I really, really wish I didnât have to post something like this. I wish it didnât exist at all. But it does, so I must. Warning: this video is very difficult to watch, and may be upsetting to people.

As a parentâas a human beingâwatching that video tears my heart out.

These outbreak of pertussis and measles are happening all over the world, and that includes the United States. Last week, a baby in Orange County, Florida, died of whooping cough. We nearly lost a baby in a recent outbreak in my home town of Boulder, Coloradoâan affluent, well-educated town, on average. These diseases are highly contagious, but they are also preventable.

That's why I canât say this enough. Talk to your board-certified doctor, and if they say so, get your TDaP booster, make sure your other shots are up-to-date, and get your family vaccinated. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell everyone.

Because itâs just this simple, and itâs not hyperbole: The fewer people who are vaccinated, the greater the chance a preventable disease will run rampant. And the vicitms are usually those who don't have any say in the matter.

My thanks to MistressMousey on Twitter.

Related Stories
You May Also Like
Recommended by Zergnet