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Tags: whooping cough | vaccine | pertussis

Whooping Cough Occurring at Epidemic Rates

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 04:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

At a meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Dr. Stanley Plotkin, chair of the steering committee for the Global Pertussis Initiative said, “The [whooping cough] problem seems to be in the lack of persistence of immunity after vaccination using the acellular pertussis vaccine.”

According to the journal Family Practice News, Dr. Plotkin also stated that there were other reasons for the resurgence of pertussis — which causes whooping cough — including increased virulence of pertussis strains and better diagnosis.

Whooping cough is not difficult to diagnose; it is caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Pertussis infections are characterized by a loud “whooping” cough that persists for months.

The danger is greatest for newborns, because the infection can overwhelm their immune system and even lead to death.

The vaccine for whooping cough, DTaP, is woefully inadequate because it only persists for a few weeks or months. A study using baboons found that the DTaP vaccine did not protect against silent pertussis infection or transmission.

This is another example of why we need to have a national discussion about the childhood immunization schedule.

But most doctors won’t discuss problems with vaccines — ever.

The DTaP vaccine has been a failure. Its lack of efficacy is directly responsible for the whooping cough epidemic we are now facing.

We need to take a fresh look at all childhood vaccines and chart a new direction that does not include giving ineffective vaccines.

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