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Parents Against Vaccines Causing Outbreaks?

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A first-hand account from a New Republic journalist's whooping cough experience has many debating a question many parents face these days. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?


Julia Ioffe shares her experience with the "100 Day Cough," noting effects such as involuntary vomiting and urinating as a result. The cough has even been said to break ribs. Here are the highlights of her report. 


* Whooping Cough, medically known as Pertussis, starts as a cold or mild flu.



* Since a vaccine was introduced in 1940, the illness has been widely "conquered" in developed societies. 



* Ioffe says that because of parents who have chosen to avoid immunizations, it puts the rest of us at risk to contract the illness. 



* From 2011 to 2012, reported cases of whooping cough rose three times the normal rate in 21 states. 



* Because of outbreaks, even adults who were vaccinated as children can contract the illness.  



READ Julia Ioffe's full article "I got whooping cough. Thanks a lot Jenny McCarthy" HERE

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