Really to Blame for California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic?
By Dr. Mercola
by California news agencies and watchdog organizations is raising serious
concerns about whether the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine is actually
2010, nearly 1,000 adults and children have tested positive for whooping
cough -- and more than half of them had been vaccinated.
According to 10News:
[S]cientists ... discovered the pertussis bacteria had mutated almost
two decades ago ... [T]he new generation of vaccines, which came out around
the same time, was not tested on the mutation ... [T]he new strain can
overpower the vaccine."
an eye-opening look at the current situation, watch the KPBS videos linked
below, especially the one from December 16. You will learn just how often
the vaccine fails and start to understand how immunized people are actually
spreading the disease. They also examine why most people have never heard
of these facts -- because the experts who influence vaccine policy have
strong ties to vaccine companies.
headlines have been reporting on California's whooping cough (pertussis)
outbreak -- the "worst in six decades" -- that has sickened nearly
1,000 adults and children and reportedly killed 10 newborns.
along with news of the outbreak is a finger pointed at unvaccinated people
for causing the rise in whooping cough cases, which actually has nothing
to do with it. But now, thanks to an investigation by California news agencies
and the Watchdog Institute, at least a couple of media outlets are reporting
the truth: that the pertussis vaccine is probably not that effective.
Cough Cases Increase Despite High Vaccination Rates
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.
this high vacncination rate, the disease has not been eradicated and every
several years a new
outbreak is reported.
Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, reported:
with super high pertussis vaccine coverage in America and other countries
like the Netherlands, Australia, Finland and Canada, whooping cough disease
cannot be prevented. There are two main reasons for this fact.
First, pertussis vaccines widely used since the 1950's have not prevented
whooping cough disease from circulating in vaccinated populations. Unknown
numbers of children and adults, who have gotten all government recommended
pertussis shots, can and do develop whooping cough or are carriers without
Because pertussis vaccine immunity is only temporary and does not last,
health officials are now telling teenagers and adults to get more booster
shots. But that is not going to matter if scientific evidence that B.
pertussis organisms have mutated and become vaccine-resistant turns out
to be correct.
A second important reason is that another Bordetella organism –
parapertussis – also can cause whooping cough. B. parapertussis
symptoms, while often milder, can look exactly like B. pertussis. But
doctors rarely recognize or test for parapertussis. And there is NO vaccine
The DTaP vaccine given 5 times to children under age 6 and booster doses
for teenagers and adults does not protect against whooping cough caused
by B. parapertussis."
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.
even under the best circumstances, the whooping cough vaccine is only 85
percent effective according to the drug companies, which means anyone who
is vaccinated can still get the disease.
the truth is that these whooping cough outbreaks and deaths cannot be blamed
on parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. The older DPT and newer
DTaP vaccines have simply never been very effective.
Whooping Cough Manufacturers Fund Expert Groups on Vaccine Policy
KPBS/Watchdog Institute investigation not only revealed that a high percentage
of those with whooping cough had been vaccinated, but also that Sanofi Pasteur
and GlaxoSmithKline -- two whooping cough vaccine manufacturers -- provide
funding for the "expert" groups that make vaccine recommendations
to government agencies.
includes the Global Pertussis Initiative, which includes 35 medical experts
from 16 countries, and the International Consensus Group on Pertussis Immunization.
Research from members of the Global Pertussis Initiative is widely cited
and has been used for setting vaccination schedules and publicizing health
guidelines in countries around the world, including the United States.
U.S. CDC has cited information from the Global Pertussis Initiative and
members of the group have advised the World Health Organization as well.
Clearly the vaccine industry seems to view the 308 million people living
in the United States as little more than pin cushions for their profitable
vaccine products, so the fact that they are so intricately involved in establishing
vaccine policy is a problem.
also heading out to gain more recruits in a more grassroots fashion, such
as Sanofi Pasteur's "Sounds of Pertussis" Facebook campaign, which
has over 62,000 fans. Campaigns like these position vaccines like DTaP as
miracle cures to keep you well, while downplaying the efficacy questions
that are now being widely circulated … and completely overlooking
the risks as well.
Whooping Cough Vaccine Risks You Should Know
Barbara Loe Fisher states:
all the vaccines which have been routinely used by children in the past
century, the brain damaging effects of the pertussis (whooping cough)
portion of DPT vaccine is among the most well documented in the scientific
Created in 1912, the crude pertussis vaccine basically consisted of B.
pertussis bacteria killed with heat, preserved with formaldehyde, and
injected into children. In the early 1940's, aluminum was added as an
adjuvant and later the mercury preservative, thimerosal, was added when
pertussis was combined with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines to create
Pertussis vaccine was never studied in large clinical trials before being
given to children in the first half of the 20th century or after it was
combined into DPT and recommended for mass use by the American Academy
of Pediatrics in 1947."
can read numerous personal accounts from families of children who died or
became seriously ill following the DPT vaccine in this transcript
of a 1986 meeting of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee.
This was shortly after a similar whooping cough outbreak in 1985, during
which most of the media also blamed the outbreak on parents of unvaccinated
even more information on the background of the DPT vaccine, read Barbara
Loe Fisher's book DPT:
A Shot in the Dark, which was the first major, well documented critique
of America's mass vaccination system calling for safety reforms and the
right to informed consent to vaccination.
for risks of the DTaP vaccine, this shot has been linked to:
- Fever, including
high fever over 105 degrees F
- Non-stop crying
- Serious allergic
- Permanent brain
- Swelling of the
entire arm or leg where the shot was given
of the effects are thought to occur from the effects of the pertussis toxin
itself. Fisher reports:
mechanisms for pertussis vaccine induced brain damage center on pertussis
toxin (PT), one of the most lethal toxins in nature. Pertussis toxin is
a known neurotoxin, a reliable inducer of brain inflammation and brain
damage, which is why it is used in lab animals to deliberately induce
EAE (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis).
Pertussis toxin is implicated in brain inflammation caused by pertussis
(whooping cough) complications as well as pertussis vaccine complications.
Unfortunately, pertussis toxin is also thought to be responsible for stimulating
immunity, which is why it remains in DPT, DTaP and Tdap vaccines.
Other ingredients in DPT vaccine, which have been associated with neuroimmune
dysfunction and may interact synergistically with pertussis toxin to cause
shock, brain damage or death are: endotoxin, aluminum and mercury."
Get the Facts Straight Before You Vaccinate
matter what vaccination choices you make for yourself or your family, there
is a basic human right to be fully informed about all risks and have the
ability to refuse to allow substances you consider to be harmful, toxic
or poisonous to be forced upon you.
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.
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.
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.