Friday, August 1st at 10 a.m.
Until the 1940s, whooping cough was a common childhood illness — and cause of death. That changed with the development of the pertussis vaccine. But experts at OU Medicine say as rates of vaccination in some states dwindle, more children are being infected and outbreaks have been reported.
Measles is re-emerging as a serious public health threat with outbreaks occurring worldwide - even in highly developed countries including the United States.
“Pertussis and other highly contagious diseases are largely preventable through immunization,” said Dr. Robert Welliver, an infectious disease specialist. “It is important for parents and caregivers to take the time to find out about pertussis and other vaccines. Learn what they do and how they work, and most importantly, talk to your child’s doctor about current recommendations and vaccine safety. Some concerns about safety have been proven unfounded by scientific evidence. As doctors, we welcome your questions.”
Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases , like measles and influenza. To stay protected, though, adults - just like kids – need to get their shots.
“Millions of Americans – children and adults – are alive, healthy and productive today as a result of immunization and prevention,” Welliver said.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It’s a great time to make sure you and your children are properly protected. To get answers to your questions about immunizations, join us Friday, August 1 at 10 a.m. for a live chat with Dr. Welliver and visit the links to vaccination information provided for you on this page.
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