I haven't heard much on the anti-vax front in a while, so of course today I read about a charter school in Traverse City, Michigan having to close its doors due to a pertussis outbreak. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough is part of the DTaP vaccine (in combination with Diphtheria and Tetanus) given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months and a booster at 4-6 years of age.

Here is some information about Pertussis from the Department of Health:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/diseases/immper.shtml

Words are certainly informative, however pictures and graphics are also incredibly helpful in educating individuals and families about the importance of vaccines. Maki Naro is a cartoonist and blogger who wants to remind us that, yes, vaccines do work.

https://medium.com/the-nib/vaccines-work-here-are-the-facts-5de3d0f9ffd0

Be well, #lenthern

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