You ever have one of those weeks where the news from science, health, parenting, and everything else is just too diverse to freak out over in one post? Well, this is one of those weeks. So for the first in a series of weekend ruiners:
California is already in the middle of its biggest pertussis "epidemic" ever. The quote marks are from the director of the state's Department of Public Health back in June, and sure enough, it's still going on.
The tenth infant death from pertussis was reported last week. All were under 3 months old, and nine were under 8 weeks, the age at which kids typically receive their first vaccination shot for pertussis.
Which means that it's the population of parents and caregivers around a newborn, who may be sick and don't realize it, or who need a booster shot, who are transmitting the disease. So whether you're too clueless, too lazy, too busy, or a hippie, get your damn shot already, California.