Have You Gotten Your Pertussis Shot?

I just got my pertussis vaccination!

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Showing off my post-immunization band-aid!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an outbreak of pertussis – a.k.a., whooping cough – going on the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. And, in case you didn’t know it, pertussis vaccination is one of the vaccinations you need to get a booster shot of if you haven’t had one since you were a kid. Which I hadn’t. But I rectified that today!

Also, might I add, I absolutely hate needles. They make me queasy. Even ones like this one, which is just a little poke in the arm that didn’t even hurt at all. But I felt it was really important, because pertussis can be quite a dangerous disease to little kids and how bad would I feel if I caught pertussis and passed it along to a baby?

In case you think that pertussis is not a big deal:

About 1 infant out of every 170 who gets pertussis (whooping cough) will die from it. Most deaths (4 out of 5) are babies under a year old.

-From the ImmunizeBC website

One out of every 170! That’s a lot of babies. And the thing is, pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease. And the best way to prevent outbreaks is for everyone to get vaccinated! When enough people in the population are vaccinated, the disease can’t spread – we call that “herd immunity.” So today, I’m happily part of the herd!

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  • Beth,

    Not really a comment about getting this shot, but just wondering if they have an anti-chocking in the first round of the playoffs shot, the Canucks can try next year!

    Uncle Hack

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  • Uncle Harry, you win the award for first family member to taunt me about the Canucks going out in the first round! (Of course, it’s not like Greg (Chicago – out in the first round), Eliza (Pittsburgh – out in the first round) or Wendy (Leafs – never even made it) could say anything!

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  • Beth,

    Just to correct you Wendy (Boston, still out in the first round) could say anything.

    Uncle Hack

    P.S. No chocking in the first round for my Rangers, but I do need a defibrilator.

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  • Beth,

    Yes since way back in the Bobby Orr days or as I call it the Cenozoic period of hockey.

    Uncle Hack

    But remember Boston (Still out in the first round)

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  • Only a million years late reading this post, but I just got my pertussis shot this morning! I finally got in to the nurse practitioner’s clinic here, and I went in this morning to get all my immunizations up to date – so pertussis, rhubella, tetanus and something else (the serum that will at last grant me those mutant superpowers I’ve always wanted?)

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