Chickenpox cases down but pertussis cases are going up! Read more by clicking on "HeatlhDay" and "Baltimore (MD) Sun"
CDC: US Chickenpox Cases Down By Nearly 80 Percent 2000-2010.
HealthDay (8/17, Steele) reports, "Chickenpox cases in the United States dropped almost 80 percent between 2000 and 2010 in 31 states following routine use of the varicella vaccine, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports." The "updated figures published by the CDC Thursday also show that in the four years after a two-dose vaccine was recommended for children in 2006, cases of chickenpox declined about 70 percent." The largest decline "occurred in children between the ages of five and nine."
CDC Reports Number Of Pertussis Cases Have Increased Dramatically This Year.
The Baltimore (MD) Sun (8/16, Cohn) reported, "More than 20,000 cases of the respiratory disease" whooping cough (pertussis) "were reported in the first seven months of the year in the United States, almost 21/2 times the number in all of last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says there are likely many more cases that are not reported." For that reason, public health officials are recommending that adults and teens consider getting booster shots.