Whooping Cough Makes a Comeback in California

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California is facing an epidemic of Whooping Cough, a communicable disease that can be deadly, especially to infants. Since the 1940's, Whooping Cough has been controlled by vaccination, but some parents refuse to get shots for their kids. The highest rates of so-called “personal belief waivers” are in some of the wealthiest, best educated communities and that's also where there's the most Whooping Cough. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, even White House insiders concede that the President's strategy in Afghanistan may be in trouble, on the ground and in Washington. What are the objectives? What are the alternatives and prospects for women's rights and civil war?  

Banner image: Public health nurse Vickie Porter prepares a syringe of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine. Photo: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody