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Tags: pertussis | Tdap | vaccines | childrens health

Dangers of Pertussis Vaccine

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Friday, 06 April 2018 04:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends giving every pregnant woman the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Infants are at the highest risk of a severe pertussis (whooping cough) infection. According to the CDC, in 2012, 16 children died from pertussis in the United States.

Let me make one thing clear: Even one child dying from pertussis is a tragedy. We must do everything we can to prevent these infections in newborns.

However, when trying to assess whether or not pregnant women should be immunized with the Tdap vaccine to prevent pertussis, two questions need to be answered:

1. Can we decrease the small number of children who die from pertussis by vaccinating all pregnant women?

2. Is the Tdap vaccine safe to give to pregnant women?

I doubt that vaccinating every pregnant woman will make any change in the small number of children who die from pertussis.

But there is a larger issue at stake with mass vaccinations, because over time the effects of the vaccine can wane.

Before immunizations, a natural pertussis infection provided a much longer period of immunity. Many who got infected developed lifelong immunity to pertussis.

The authorities claim that immunization is responsible for the dramatic fall in pertussis infections.

That is simply not true. In fact, deaths from pertussis were rapidly declining before the vaccine was ever administered.

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