Two Lakewood infants are in critical condition after contracting Pertussis, TLS is reporting. Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is caused by a bacterium that lives in the mouth, nose and throat. Symptoms start with a runny nose, mild fever and cough – similar to a cold – but within weeks becomes more severe and progresses to severe spasms of coughing that can interfere with eating, drinking and breathing.
The bacteria is spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets, such as through coughing and sneezing, from an infected person or by touching the fluids and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Lakewood’s leading pediatrician, Dr. Shanik, says the very contagious illness is so severe, that if his patients are not properly immunized, he apologizes, but for the safety of his patients and the community, he will discontinue to see that patient in his practice.
Any parent whose child is in a playgroup with a child not properly immunized against Pertussis, should immediately pull their child out of the playgroup, Dr. Shanik says.
The two Lakewood children, ages 6 weeks and 8 months, are in the ICU, and listed in critical condition.
Some other disease outbreaks — like measles — have been fueled by parents refusing to get their children inoculated out of the debunked fear the shots cause autism.