Whooping cough outbreak in LA

Via CBS Los Angeles:

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — An exclusive private school has been hit with dozens cases of whooping cough, which has sickened a large number of teenagers across Los Angeles County.

Health officials say they are monitoring three large clusters of highly contagious whooping cough among 11- to 18-year-olds. The county Department of Health issued a health alert to pediatricians and other health care providers about the uptick in whooping cough last week.

Harvard-Westlake, which has campuses in Studio City and Beverly Crest, was hit particularly hard, with 30 students coming down with whooping cough since November, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Of about 1,600 students attend Harvard-Westlake, where tuition is close to $40,000 a year, only 18 opted out of vaccinations for medical reasons. None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.

Strange way to word it at the bottom there.  This has been a recurring theme lately across America: xyz 3rd world sickness crops up somewhere, anti-vaxxers are blamed.  That narrative is quickly being torn to pieces.  And the top comments were right on top of it.

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Los Angeles is a shithole.  Most major cities in California are these days, unsurprisingly given how the state is run and the policies they enact.  San Diego dealt with an outbreak of Hepatitis A only a couple of years ago, and the fecal issue in San Francisco has been well documented as well.  As cities get dirtier, homeless populations increase, and we continue to let in hoardes of 3rd world people legally and illegally the sanitation problem will only get worse, and you’ll continue to see an increase in outbreaks of diseases we had controlled decades ago.

The whole vaccination argument is a nuanced one.  Most people who are labeled as anti-vaccination usually aren’t against the idea of vaccination altogether, they are skeptical about side effects that may not be reported, or that some perhaps don’t even have the active ingredients they purport to have.  And who knows, perhaps vaccinations back when I was a kid are different than today’s.  Would it shock you to learn that some in big pharma have ulterior motives or hide things that may take away from selling their product?  Either way, now these people are pounced on as backwards, or reintroducing sicknesses we handled decades ago.  Do not fall for the trap.

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