Hundreds of students in San Mateo County and thousands across California have yet to get the whooping cough vaccine mandated by the state, forcing some to stay home from school. Dozens more have refused it on philosophical grounds.
A state law passed last year requires seventh- through 12th-graders to get the vaccine by the start of the school year. The deadline was later pushed back 30 days and some schools have received additional extensions. Read More
It began with a cough. And then the coughing wouldn’t stop.
“We would cough, cough, cough for like five minutes straight,” said Emily Tobita, 18, of the Richmond district. “At the end of really bad fits, we’d end up throwing up.” Read More
Get a shot, meet a Giant.
That’s the deal for kids who still need their whooping cough booster shot before the required deadline of Sept. 15.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo will be at the Department of Public Health Tuesday morning to greet children getting their shots.
The San Francisco Unified School District and public health officials are pushing to get all kids to comply by the deadline and stay in school. Read More
School for more than 50,000 San Francisco school-aged children is only three weeks away which leaves limited time for back-to-school shopping and updating vaccinations.Last year, for instance, the California Legislature approved a requirement for all 7th through 12th grade students to be vaccinated for whooping cough, following an increased number of cases statewide. Read More
With the highest rates of whooping cough infections seen in half a century, health officials in San Mateo County are urging residents to get vaccinated.
By the end of August, the county had 61 confirmed cases of the disease, nearly seven times more than at the same time last year, officials said. Statewide, there have been 3,600 confirmed cases this year, including eight infant deaths, also a sevenfold increase over last year. Read More