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Pertussis (Whooping cough) – liars tell us it is harmless

child has pertussis
difficult for him to stop coughing and to get air
coughing spasms with a "whooping" sound that follows the cough are typical
sound means child is trying to catch his breath before the next round of coughing

serious disease especially for babies
most babies who get pertussis have to be hospitalised and some even die

Pertussis germ
lives in the mouth, nose, and throat
spreads through coughing and sneezing
spreads very easily from parent to child or child to child

Once infected
takes 5-10 days to get sick

adults usually do not get very sick
children can have
  severe cough with a "whooping" sound
  vomiting and exhaustion after severe coughing
  difficulty breathing

brain damage

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Thank you to the Immunization Action Coalition

You can see and hear what pertussis is all about:

Audio 1 (35 seconds)

Audio 2 (16 seconds)

Audio 3 (26 seconds)

Audio 4 (15 seconds)

Here's a nice sign that was for sale on eBay. It reminds us of how worried people could be about pertussis before liars started saying that the vaccine was more dangerous than the disease.


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