Which means there are only 4 days left in 27 Days for Kaliah! Please help us get the 26 votes we need on the change.org petition and send or call you legislator to let them know you want Kaliah's Law in your state! Kaliah died here in August of 2011, well after the January release of a warning from the ACIP that Pertussis was out of control! Who is responsible for sharing this with the public, ask them and it's no one!
We need standards for what an epidemic is for all communicable diseases, and a standard warning system for when there is an epidemic in your community! Please ask for Kaliah's Law! http://www.change.org/petitions/require-doh-send-notice-to-citizens-in-epidemic-area-kaliah-s-bill
Quote from email to me from DOH March 22, three months into the epidemic-
" Responding to your specific questions to Secretary Selecky about disease reporting (email attached), yes, pertussis is a notifiable condition meaning reporting of the disease is required.
There is not a law related to our work to inform the public."
Article August 10th:
"Two babies died in Washington last year from pertussis; there have been no deaths so far in 2012.
“While there’s no national standard for when a disease outbreak becomes an epidemic, the state Department of Health decided the time was right.”"
Link to article: http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2012/08/10/yakima-county-providers-pushing-for-whooping-cough-vaccinations