Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Across the United States this year, 8,159 provisional pertussis (whooping cough) cases have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of May 5, 2012. This represents an 86.6 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2011. The Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign, a joint initiative from Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes, is alerting adults about what they can do to help stop the spread of pertussis. In particular, there is a current focus on making sure that parents get themselves – and other adults in contact with their kids – vaccinated. This is especially important if you have a baby in the house, as pertussis can cause serious complications in little ones, and in some cases, death. (Click here to read my post from last month that featured Seattle Mama Doc). Keep in mind that babies most often contract pertussis from the adults in their families.
To help increase awareness about the risks pertussis poses to babies, I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Sounds of Pertussis® spokesperson Jeff Gordon and Felicia Dube of Lancaster, S.C., who lost her baby to pertussis. Please have a listen to what they have to say, as you will hear Jeff talk about his involvement in this campaign – and Felicia share her moving (and sad) story about her baby and why she is spreading the word about the importance of adult vaccination.
As Jeff mentioned, The Sounds of Pertussis Campaign is launching Take Pertussis Out of the Picture, a new initiative calling for families across the country to take a stand against the disease. To support this initiative, families can upload a family photo on the Campaign’s Facebook page [www.facebook.com/SoundsofPertussis] and by doing so, mark their commitment to protecting the babies in their lives by getting an adult pertussis vaccine and encouraging other adults to get one too. Once a photo is published, participants can spread the word by sharing their photo with friends and family and inviting others to participate in this important awareness effort. For every photo published, Sanofi Pasteur will donate $1 to March of Dimes (up to $10,000).