Indiana Health Department Reports Rise in Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Cases

Do Facts Matter?

Fox59 reports

“INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials investigating a surge in whooping cough cases are urging Hoosiers to take precautions to avoid the highly contagious bacterial infection.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday that it’s confirmed 136 cases

of whooping cough, or pertussis, during the first half of 2017. That’s more than double the 66 cases recorded during the same period last year.

State health officials are encouraging parents to look for sings and symptoms of whooping cough, as it is most prevalent in children and highly contagious if not vaccinated.”

But what Fox 59 and other media outlets aren’t reporting is the vaccination status of those affected. That’s an important piece of information to leave out in a “News” article. Which makes this blogger wonder if this “reporting” is News or a pharmaceutical advertisement.

At the time of this writing I haven’t been able to locate any data on this “outbreak”. Fox 59 reports that “officials are investigating”, but it remains to be seen exactly what is being investigated? I encourage everyone to scour the comments on Fox59’s Facebook Page to see at least one parent reporting that her daughter had the vaccine and is currently battling the illness that took 2 months to diagnose because no one, not even Riley Hospital For Children thought to test for the illness because she’d been vaccinated.

This blog post will be updated as soon as I find the data that should be readily available for citizens.

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