Whooping cough is on track to become the most severe preventable epidemic in 50 years

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

I read with concern that whooping cough is on track to become the most severe preventable epidemic in over a half century, with 18 deaths and around 41,000 cases already reported in the US in 2012.  One of the causes of this epidemic stems from the decline in adequate and timely vaccine protection.

“Vaccinations are considered preventive medicine. That is, they consist of measures taken to prevent the infection, rather than curing or treating their symptoms. By immunising our children we are also trying to protect whole communities. Advises Dr David Katz, Director, Yale University prevention Research Center.

Whooping cough is most dangerous for babies and young children and of course it’s important that you make sure that your children are vaccinated at the right time.

I’ve come across a new iPhone App, Vaccination Scheduler, that has been designed specifically to help you manage your children’s vaccinations in the hope of helping avoid preventable epidemics such as the current the one we are experiencing now with Whooping cough.

Vaccination Scheduler sends reminders to you about when to vaccinate your children and also helps you track and record your children’s vaccination history.

Vaccination Scheduler comes pre-installed with every vaccination name and recommended date as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The only information you need to enter is the name and birth date of your children. The app will automatically fill in its calendar of the recommended vaccination date specifically for each child. And like an alarm clock the app will remind you of every upcoming vaccination appointment for their first 10 years.

Here is a link to Vaccination Scheduler for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/app/vaccination-scheduler/id563213898?mt=8

 

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