A report from TODAY Parents (11/17/2015) presents the frightening story of an Australian infant who has contracted pertussis (whooping cough). The baby was reportedly recently vaccinated. The mother is angry at parents who don’t vaccinate, and blames them for her child’s illness.
What does the research say?
The following is a list of published resources from The CDC, media reports from Public Health organizations, and the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature. These resources indicate that vaccination with the acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP and TDap) does not protect against whooping cough, and is contributing to the spread of infection.
CDC admits pertussis outbreaks not a result from not vaccinating.“All but one of the students who have pertussis were immunized, Taylor said.” “The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that acellular pertussis vaccines licensed by the FDA are effective in preventing the disease among those vaccinated, but suggests that they may not prevent infection from the bacteria that causes whooping cough in those vaccinated or its spread to other people, including those who may not be vaccinated.” “The most alarming aspect of the matter is that so far, all of the children diagnosed with whooping cough had been vaccinated against it.” “She said the simplest way to combat pertussis is to get vaccinated. School officials said of the 524 students at Monterey Park, 99.5 percent are vaccinated, including the four students who have been diagnosed. All four have completed their five-day anti-biotic treatment at home and are back at school.” “Officials said all of the children who have been diagnosed were vaccinated against the illness.“ “Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer, said most of the cases detected this year have occurred in vaccinated patients.“ “All but the latter case involved patients with up-to-date immunizations.“ “High disease rates also were observed in fully vaccinated preadolescents, especially 10-year-olds.“Acellular pertussis vaccination enhances B. parapertussis colonization Pertussis epidemic despite high levels of vaccination coverage with acellular pertussis vaccine. “Our data raise the possibility that widespread aP vaccination can create hosts more susceptible to B. parapertussis infection.” According to this study, the bacteria covered in the vaccine is mutating. (That should not be a surprise since the vaccine was developed in 1991. If a bacteria can change over the case of a 7-10 day antibiotic, why wouldn’t it change over the course of 25 years?) This study found that baboons (who share 91% DNA with humans) vaccinated with acellular pertussis vaccines could spread the infection to others even when they had zero symptoms (asymptomatic). This has ominous implications for those who are “cocooning” (families getting vaccinated to protect infants). If people are infected and they have symptoms, they know to stay away. No symptoms? How would you know? Look at this chart from the CDC. The bottom graph shows the incidence of pertussis for children and those who were vaccinated. I find it interesting that there are 4x more children getting the disease that had 3+ doses compared to 0 doses.
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