Since Edward Jenner’s discovery of a smallpox vaccine in the 18th century, vaccinations have at times been controversial. Today, while vaccines have been proven to inoculate against a host of dangerous diseases, the debate continues. We’ll look at what underlies this debate today.
About 100 people between Friday and Saturday turned up at Bow High School for Hepatitis-A vaccines. They were offered by the state after a second employee at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook tested positive for the disease. Rick Cricenti directs Emergency Services for the Department of Health and Human Services He says the agency reached out to more people than those who were at the restaurant when the first infected employee was working.
Pertussis starts like a cold, but after a week or so, it leads to severe coughing fits that can take weeks to shake. It’s also called ‘whooping cough’ because patients make a high-pitched whoop sound as they suck in air.
There are 222 confirmed cases in the state this year, the highest levels since 2006.