| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:06 PM
It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.
Such is the case when parents ignore reams of scientific data, demonstrable real-world evidence and expert advice by choosing to forgo standard...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Starting middle school comes with a whole host of worries -- going to a new school, picking electives, making friends -- but coming down with whooping cough doesn’t need to be one of them.
For incoming 7th grade students in the Los Angeles Unified...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Los Angeles County has already logged 345 confirmed and probable cases of pertussis this year, health officials said Thursday.
The county's Department of Public Health is also investigating 356 "suspect cases" of the contagious and potentially deadly...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:37 PM
Heather Von Bank's first line of defense in the war of germs is common sense. She taught her sons Charlie, 4, and Max, 1, to wash their hands often, keep their hands out of their faces, blow their noses with tissues and "vampire cough" into their...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:17 PM
If a back-to-school shopping list is the only list you've made for your child, you may want to get out another clipboard.
Doctors are recommending that parents accomplish items on a health to-do checklist before the first day of school so that their...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:00 PM
California's pertussis epidemic has escalated, state health officials said Friday, with 4,558 cases reported this year as of Tuesday — 1,100 of those in the last two weeks.
"We are off to a really bad start in 2014," said state epidemiologist...
| May 6, 2014
It seems the "anti-vaccine" movement is still alive and well and has become a hot topic on Twitter and Facebook again. Unfortunately, much of what I've read on these sites seems to be inaccurate and based on a lot of emotion and very little science....
| May 29, 2014
| 2:30 PM
When Jeannie Entin was pregnant, she insisted that anyone who planned to visit her newborn baby first get a booster shot to ward off whooping cough.
Entin knew the mandate would cause some eye rolling. Already, family members suspected she was reading...
| May 16, 2014
| 2:16 PM
The California Department of Public Health warned Friday that 1,711 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, were reported in the state in the first four months of 2014 -- more than three times the number of cases in the same period in 2013.
| Jun 13, 2014
| 5:53 PM
For the first time in four years, California is experiencing a statewide epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough, with infants under the age of 6 months facing the greatest risk of hospitalization or death, according to state health authorities.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Long Beach health officials are warning residents of a sharp increase in whooping cough cases in the city.
Health officials say 42 cases have been reported since January. Although officials did not immediately have a breakdown for the cases reported...