Whooping Cough Outbreak Brings Up Vaccine Debate 12/4/13
CBS 7 News
December 4, 2013
An outbreak of whooping cough in Big Spring has West Texas parents worried for their children's health. Nine new cases of the illness popped up just in the last month alone.
While officials encourage parents to vaccinate the whole family it brings up a heated debate.
Whopping cough is making headlines in Howard County today but it is a widespread issue and experts say the best action is prevention.
"It does give us prevention against those diseases that are vaccine preventable,” says Ector County Health Department Immunizations Director Penny Farris.
But not all parents agree.
Parent and nutritionist Jerry Ortiz researched immunizations and was shocked by what he found in the ingredients.
"I cannot in good conscience inject my son in his flesh with known toxins that cause seizures, Alzheimer’s, dementia, muscle tone issues," says Ortiz.
But physicians believe unvaccinated children can be a risk to others.
"If your kids are vaccinated and they work so well, what are you worried about?" questions Ortiz.
Farris says that although the decision to vaccinate is completely up to the parent, “Should there be an outbreak then these children can not attend school, period, until they are vaccinated or until the outbreak is under control.”