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2010 Whooping Cough Rates Highest in 50 Years Despite Vaccinations

Posted Feb 23 2011 12:00am
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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a debate many parents consider.  It’s a question of personal versus public health, in many instances, and it is hard to muddle through all the information and rumors about vaccinations. My own personal stance on the subject changed after giving birth to a child with a congenital heart defect .

I am not a doctor. I have asked several different doctors their opinions on which vaccinations they felt were the most important.  The answer has varied, but inevitably pertussis is mentioned. It’s a disease modern doctors still face.

The Huffington Post reports:

More than 21,000 people got whooping cough last year, many of them children and teens. That’s the highest number since 2005 and among the worst years in more than half a century, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

They are puzzled by the sharp rise in cases. The vaccine against whooping cough is highly effective in children, and vaccination rates for kids are good.

Dr. Mercola explains why the current protocol of vaccinations is not effective:

Virtually every kindergartner in the United States has received all of the pertussis shots recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC data also shows that 84 percent of children under 3 have received four DTaP shots, which is the acellular pertussis vaccine that was approved in the United States in 1996.

Despite this high vaccination rate, the disease has not been eradicated and every several years  a new outbreak is reported

And according to a data analysis by the Watchdog Institute, up to 83 percent of those diagnosed with whooping cough in California this year had been immunized. Dr. Frits Mooi and other government scientists from Amsterdam believe this high failure rate is due to the pertussis bacteria having mutated almost two decades ago, and the vaccine being useless against this new strain.

The decision to vaccinate is one that should be well-researched and discussed.  A friend, who is a pediatric nurse practitioner, gave the following advice:  Your child is probably fine if you do; your child is probably fine if you do not.  Dr. Mercola continues:

In the case of whooping cough, it is still infecting both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, and cases increase every four to five years no matter how high the vaccination rate.

Many, if not most, children and adults survive whooping cough without any complications whatsoever, but some do not. Similarly, some receive the whooping cough vaccine without a problem, while others do not, and have been harmed or have died after receiving the shot.

The partnership between government health agencies and vaccine manufacturers is moving closer and closer to discriminating against those who want to exercise their informed consent rights when it comes to making voluntary vaccination decisions, but for now you still have that choice, and should be fully informed when making it.

At the risk of a reader leaving a comment that I am a hypocrite or an idiot contradicting my own information, I will share that my children have been partially vaccinated with the DTaP shot. It’s the only vaccination they have been given.  They have not received all of their boosters.  This may be stupid, but I can’t seem to get over my anxiety to complete their vaccination.

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