There has not been a day that has passed in the last few weeks where we have not been bombarded with news stories pertaining to the current flu season and the apparent epidemic. And most of these stories urge individuals to go out and get the flu vaccine if one has not yet done so. However, pertussis (whooping cough) has taken a backseat amidst all this hype, even though in 2012, it struck the highest number of Americans since the days of President Eisenhower, writes ACSH s Dr. Gilbert Ross in a new piece appearing on Examiner.com.
As we look back on 2012, we are reminded once again of the importance of getting vaccinated, be it against the flu, whooping cough or a multitude of other illnesses which can be prevented, Dr. Ross writes. If you have not yet gotten your flu shot, stop by your local pharmacy or doctor s office and remember that many such sites also have other vaccines available, including the TDaP against pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus. It s not too late even if the lines are long, don t give up.