Kaliahs Petition to Vaccinate for Pertussis, Tdap
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Kaliahs Petition to Vaccinate for Pertussis, Tdap

    1. Kennetha Scott
    2. Petition by

      Kennetha Scott

      Mukilteo, WA

Spread the word, so you don't spread the disease!
New 30 Day saturation campaign. Please read latest update! Shifting focus from exemptions to awareness! We have challenged the CDC and other organizations and agencies to begin a 30 day saturation campaign to share the CDC new recommendations for Tdap for all teens and adults and let them know the childhood vaccination has most likely worn off. The state and local health agencies are looking to fund the campaign in the Seattle area and we need the Federal agencies to step up and carry the message to the national level!

If you don't agree with our new stance, please let me know and I will remove your signature. Thanks for your support!

Pertussis Vaccination unless medical exemption for entry into Public Schools and Daycares

Babies are dying from Whooping cough and it is partially because we allow people to exempt their children from the vaccine. A Public Awareness Campaign should also be initiated to target Adults who have not received the Tdap, as only 10% of adults nationwide are vaccinated for Pertussis and there is currently an epidemic in our state of Washington which has the highest percentage of exemptions in the nation. Kaliah died in August at only 27 days old. Please read and share Kaliah's story. If you would like to share the petition, you may click the facebook like button, and it will allow you to share.

Here is Kaliahs story as told by her mother Chelsey Charles.

http://kennethaskorner.weebly.com/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. New Petition and Facebook Page for Kaliah!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We have created a new petition to promote Kaliah's Law, an Epidemic Warning Law- which would require the health department send out a warning as soon as a contagious disease is in a county.

      Please share and sign! http://www.change.org/petitions/epidemic-warning-law-kaliah-s-law-pass-washington-state-hb1139-and-sb5228?utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign&utm_medium=url_share&utm_source=share_petition

      Visit our Facebook page at
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote-for-Epidemic-Warning-Law-Kaliahs-Law/316544111791083

      Vote for Epidemic Warning Law - Kaliah's Law

      Vote for Epidemic Warning Law - Kaliah's Law. 115 likes · 30 talking about this. Pass Washington state HB 1139, and SB 5228. Kaliah's Law to warn citizens in epidemic area.

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Change Focus from Exemptions to 30 Day National awareness campaign!!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      We feel that just exposing the nation to the new CDC recommendations that all teens and adults should see their doctor about the shot, and allowing them to decide to get the Tdap or not, will make a huge impact on Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Epidemics. While we encourage those who are undecided or anti-vaccine, to research and educate themselves in the vaccine science; we are shifting our focus to spreading the CDC recommendations to the nation. We are beginning a 30 saturation campaign here in the Seattle area and have challenged the CDC and other national organizations to follow suit. We are creating a 30 second Public Service announcement with the help of Fisher Radio and airing it for 30 days on 3 channels during the hours of 6AM and 7PM. The state is working on the funding aspect now. Please spread the word to your local television and radio stations in an effort to get this 30 day campaign moving! Thanks for your support!

    4. Tdap PSA SATURATION CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM!

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Working with local and national radio stations, as well as Pharmacies, Grocery stores, the county, the state, the vaccine manufacturers to initiate a month long PSA campaign locally and then nationally. We are trying to run two 30 second spots a day on as many radio and tv stations as possible for a month spreading the CDC recommendation that all adults 19 and over, should see their doctor about getting a Tdap vaccination. The childhood Pertussis vaccine wears off in 5 to 10 years and only 10% of adults nationally are protected, yet they don't know it. There has never been a saturation campaign spreading this information even though it has been out there for over a decade. We need one before each state has to find out by losing too many babies in an epidemic, like California did in 2010. Please help in any way you can! Thanks!

    5. Response from Governor 2/27/12

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      I got a response from our email to the Governor. The bottom line is money. The state and county don't have enough money to help with vaccines for the current epidemic. We will be working with them to see if we can get media help to spread the word and recommend all adults are vaccinated with the Tdap booster. They are very interested in Kaliahs story and want to learn more about her and Chelsey. There have been nearly 3500 views and 350 signatures on her petition so far. Thanks for sharing her story and signing the petition! RIP Kaliah ♥

    6. Email excerpt from Alison, at CDC's Division of Bacterial Diseases to me

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      I'm so sorry to hear of Kaliah's death from pertussis. We are working very hard at CDC to try and get the message out about pertussis and make sure everyone who comes into contact with a baby is vaccinated. No child should be dying from this preventable infection.
      The advisory group will at some point (hopefully soon) consider a revaccination recommendation for Tdap. But they are still waiting on more data before they can consider it since the vaccine has only been used since 2005. Today, I'm at the advisory meeting, and they are voting on recommending Tdap for everyone 19 and older --- this way everyone 65 and older will be recommended to get it, not just those who come into close contact with infants. By removing this barrier, it will be easier for us to communicate about Tdap by being able to say that everyone 19 and older should get a Tdap vaccine. They still need to vote this morning, but I expect it to pass.

    7. Changes to Tdap, Flu Vaccine Recommendations Among 2011 Immunization...

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      According to Doug Campos-Outcalt, M.D., M.P.A., the AAFP's liaison to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, perhaps the most important change in the new schedules, which were released Feb. 1, is a recommendation for off-label use of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine in two specific patient groups.

      "Tdap is a very underutilized vaccine for adults," said Campos-Outcalt, who is associate head of the department of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix. "We have very low use of that vaccine. People just aren't thinking of it."

    8. New CDC recommendation for Tdap February 2012 all adults, 3rd tri expecting

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Tdap and Td Vaccine The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine is now recommended for women in the third or late second trimester (20th week or more) of their pregnancy. Tdap is recommended for all those who are close contacts of infants younger than 12 months of age – for example, parents, guardians, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, teachers, and those who have not previously received the Tdap vaccine. Other adults, who are not close contacts of children younger than 12 months of age, are still recommended to receive a one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine. After your initial dose of Tdap, you’ll need the Td booster every 10 years. But you don’t need to wait to get the Tdap vaccine if you have recently been vaccinated with the Td booster.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Whooping cough just keeps spreading in county

      Kennetha Scott
      Petition Organizer

      This is the current state of affairs in our County, please read.

    11. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Siobhan Coplin PRINCETON, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Our child had pertussis twice last year who ended up having a seizure.

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    • Heather Shivers WEBSTER CITY, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this in memory of this sweet little angel and to help spread the awareness..

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    • Catherine Poplawski OCEANSIDE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I dont want to see this happen to another family, I couldnt imagine it happening to my own. These parents are very brave and strong. Kaliah will live on, and save lives.

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    • Aimee Case WEST UNION, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I have a son and I don't know what I would do without him.

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    • Sarah Fess LUVERNE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      I think what Chelsey is doing is amazing...

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