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And the reason for the whooping cough outbreak is … NOT vaccine refusers

We all know there’s something of a whooping cough outbreak these days. In fact, there are 25,000 cases a year in the U.S., roughly, and have been for a decade–26,000 so far in 2012.  The autism-vaccine debate has spawned plenty of accusations against vaccine refusers: they must be the cause of this.

But in fact, most of those who came down with the potentially deadly disease were vaccinated. And this info comes from the Centers for Disease Control, normally a vaccine proponent.

A new study published in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine identifies the culprit: the whooping cough vaccine introduced in the 1990s, a weaker version of the previous vaccine which had caused problems. This new study says that this safer vaccine loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought. The protective effect weakens soon after the children get the last of their five shots at around age 6.

What to do? Health officials are considering adding more booster shots to the schedule for older children. Whooping cough is most dangerous to children. They’d also like to see another vaccine, but none is close to ready for use.

Source:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/pertussis-vaccine-quickly-loses-punch/article_0c3c641e-2ec8-5d66-851f-e23f0d598284.html

How can you protect your child from whooping cough?

How do you best protect your infant from whooping cough outbreaks? Obviously it’s the vaccine, right? Maybe not.

A study, performed at Kaiser Permanente (a health insurer) in California, examined children who contracted whooping cough during an outbreak in 2010 and found that most had in fact been fully vaccinated. According to Reuters News Service April 3, “Of the 132 patients under age 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots and eight percent had never been vaccinated. The other 11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the complete series.”

Meanwhile, Big Pharma advocates have been bashing parents who delay vaccination, claiming they are causing whooping cough epidemics. This is now patently false.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, who operates a huge website advocating natural health based on research outcomes, has a very interesting discussion of the Kaiser Permanente findings.  He also quotes a key doctor who claims the efficacy of the new whooping cough vaccine was manipulated when a World Health Organization vaccine-oversight committee, which the doctor was a member of, redefined a case of whooping cough. This tougher definition involved 1) having at least 21 days of paroxysmal coughing and 2) laboratory confirmation. Since milder cases were excluded from the results of the efficacy study, the vaccine looked a lot more effective than it actually was, charged James D. Cherry, MD, who published his article recently in the respected journal Pediatrics.

Sources:

News on Kaiser Permanente study http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-whoopingcough-idUSBRE8320TM20120403

Mercola’s article http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/30/whooping-cough-vaccine.aspx?e_cid=20120730_DNL_artNew_1

James D. Cherry in journal Pediatrics http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/5/968.extract

Does vaccination protect your child from whooping cough?

Are vaccines actually effective?

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in Washington, D.C., is an official government committee advising the national vaccine program. Its June meeting spent a lot of time discussing a pertussis outbreak in Washington State, where Charles DeBolt, representing the Washington state Department of Health, reported questions from parents.

“According to Dr. DeBolt the state has been ‘flooded by phone calls’ from parents, stating that their child was up-to-date on pertussis vaccination and had still contracted pertussis. Dr. DeBolt also reported to the NVAC that Washington continues to have high vaccination rates and vaccine exemptions for school age children overall were only 4%.”  This report comes from Theresa Wangram, reporting for the National Vaccine Information Center.

Ms. Wangram said she contacted the Washington Department of Health in May to request information on rates of pertussis among vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in Washington. She was told that numbers were not yet available. Also, she noted that at the NVAC meeting the CDC’s Dr. Tom Clark reported that, “while uptake of the pertussis vaccine is high and has reduced pertussis in some populations, increased uptake has not translated into decreased mortality among infants.”

Interesting food for thought!

Source: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2012/ca-bill-to-restrict-personal-belief-vaccine-exempt.aspx#NVAC

A Facebook survey of unvaccinated children

Since the people controlling the research money won’t touch the question of comparing autism rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, a non-scientist has picked up the torch. Andreas Bachmair, a natural health practitioner in Germany, asked people to fill out a form if their kids were unvaccinated, providing information about the overall health of their children. He spread the word on Facebook and on his website, German and English versions.

He got responses on 7,851 participants, the majority of whom are under the age of 2. Of course, a scientist would call his results skewed, because the participants’ parents selected themselves. A well-made study involves random selection and a matched control group.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to look at his results. He compared his unvaccinated group to those in a separate study called KIGGS (http://www.kiggs.de/service/english/index.html) where parents of 17,641 participants, all in Germany, answered very similar questions. Presumably they were all or mostly vaccinated. So there is a control group in a way.

Is autism less prevalent in the unvaccinated? Since autism often doesn’t show up until much later than age 2, his data aren’t helpful with the autism question.

But his data showed levels of allergy, athsma, and ear infections in the unvaccinated that were much lower than the KIGGS group. In the KIGGS group, 4.7%  suffer from asthma, 10.7%  from hayfever and 13.2% from neurodermatitis.
The prevalence of asthma among  unvaccinated children was around 2.5%, hayfever 2.5% and neurodermatitis 7%, Bachmair reported.

Source: http://www.vaccineinjury.info/vaccinations-in-general/health-unvaccinated-children/survey-results-illnesses.html