Looks like some others in the news media are catching up to the science many of us have been discussing for the past couple of years: whooping cough (pertussis) may be spread by whooping cough vaccine. In other words: it is likely the vaccinated population--not the unvaccinated population-- that is largely responsible for the resurgence in whooping cough.
Unfortunately, many in the news media jumped on the propaganda bandwagon over the past few years that blamed the resurgence of whooping cough on the researchers and parents who increasingly question the safety and efficacy of various vaccines, and/or government policy in administering them.
As blame was misdirected, it prompted people to make sure their kids got timely whooping cough shots...which may have actually resulted in more children getting whooping cough. Ironic.
Unbiased facts can be difficult to come by when they relate to vaccination. Most researchers agree most vaccines are well-tolerated by most children. However, many researchers agree that not all vaccines are equally necessary or equally well-tolerated in the general population. The key is working to scientifically improve the current system so that it is the most helpful and the least harmful to children who are susceptible to serious side effects of vaccines, such as the immune-suppressed or those with undiagnosed mitochondrial disorders.
The New York Times reports on a new scientific study that discusses the pertussis/whooping cough vaccine spread.
More vaccine stories and links to CDC recommendations here.
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