A. Elaine Ashby, M.D.
 

A. Elaine Ashby, M.D.

3182 Old Tunnel Road, Suite D

Lafayette, CA 94549

Phone (925) 283-1210

Fax (925) 283-1310


Office Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wed 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday - emergencies only


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ALERT:  California facing PERTUSSIS EPIDEMIC


CDPH urges physicians

to vaccinate patients against whooping cough


According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the state is in the midst of a pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic. Infection rates have risen this year, with a four-fold increase in the number of reported pertussis cases in California, compared to the same time period in 2009. If current trends continue, California could experience a 50-year high in pertussis cases, despite wide availability of a vaccine to protect both adolescents and adults.


In order to protect infants who are too young to be vaccinated [under age 3 months], it is important to vaccinate anyone with potential infant contact -- parents, grandparents, and caregivers. CDPH is making additional Tdap (tetanus, reduced diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine available at no charge to eligible hospitals, so that they can immunize post-partum women and their close household contacts. For more information, visit the CDPH website.


Everyone needs to understand that pertussis immunity from previous infection or vaccination wanes over time. Even fully immunized children become susceptible to pertussis by adolescence. Additionally, because pertussis vaccine for adolescents and adults was not available until 2005, immunization rates in these populations remains low.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released clinical guidelines for clinicians providing care for infants with pertussis. The AAP guidelines are available at the AAP website. Additional resources may be found on the CDPH website.


Bottom line if you have not had the 'new' tetanus vaccine in the past 4 years (Tdap, not DT), you and your family are not protected against pertussis.  Pertussis is a dangerous disease that can be fatal to infants and disabling to adults.  Please be sure to protect yourself and loved ones.