We’re all getting very weary of distortions of the truth in the media these days, with the election and all. Maybe we’re all getting a little more skeptical of what we’re told.
And so it’s not too surprising to me to find out that a whooping cough-tetanus-diphtheria vaccine used for 10 years until 2011 had a little clause in its product insert informing those who bothered to read it that the vaccine might cause autism. This FDA-approved vaccine listed not only autism but SIDS as a possible side effect of using the vaccine. This product insert is apparently no longer available on the Internet, except from the guy who photographed it in 2005 and put it up at the link below.
The Tripedia vaccine was approved in 2001 as a thimerosal-free version of the TDaP vaccine. In 2005, after four years of use, its product insert was found on several official websites, containing the language about causing autism. The vaccine is still approved, but was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2011.
“How many times have you heard a doctor or health worker hysterically say there is ZERO chance that vaccines cause autism?” asks Jeffrey John AufderHeide, author of this blog post about the ephemeral information in the product insert for Tripedia:
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.
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.
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.”