Study: Whooping Cough Resurgence Due to Vaccinated People Not Knowing They’re Infectious
Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine sentiment as the most likely culprits.
But that might not be the whole story, suggests a new study published in BMC Medicine by Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellows Ben Althouse and Sam Scarpino. Their research points to a different, but related, source of the outbreak — vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms of whooping cough, suggesting that the number of people transmitting without symptoms may be many times greater than those transmitting with symptoms.
Althouse and Scarpino used whopping cough case counts from the CDC, genomic data on the pertussis bacteria, and a detailed epidemiological model of whooping cough transmission to conclude that acellular vaccines may well have contributed to — even exacerbated — the recent pertussis outbreak by allowing infected individuals without symptoms to unknowingly spread pertussis multiple times in their lifetimes.
“There could be millions of people out there with just a minor cough or no cough spreading this potentially fatal disease without knowing it,” said Althouse. “The public health community should act now to better assess the true burden of pertussis infection.”
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Will public health officials heed Dr. Althouse’s advice and take steps to protect the public from outbreaks of whooping cough that are growing now due to the failure of the vaccine? Dr. Althouse, by the way, is not an anti-vaccine “quack.” He has a PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.
Sadly, the mainstream media, pharmaceutical industry, and politicians are more concerned about passing laws to mandate these vaccines than they are on improving the vaccines and keeping the public safe. The pertussis vaccine, which is acknowledged to be a total failure in the scientific community, is still part of the required childhood vaccine schedule. The main reason it is still given to America’s children is because it is part of a combination vaccine, either DTaP or Tdap. To view recent court decisions awarding compensation due to injuries caused by these two whooping cough childhood vaccines, see the latest Department of Justice reports from the Vaccine Court here.
Sadly, it is unlikely that public health officials will follow Dr. Althouse’s advice, as the mainstream media continues to blame unvaccinated children for whooping cough outbreaks. A solution to the problem of vaccinated children spreading whooping cough will never be achieved while the true problem is ignored, and instead more laws are proposed to force these vaccines on America’s children.
Benjamin M. Althouse, Samuel V. Scarpino. Asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis. BMC Medicine, 2015; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12916-015-0382-8
Dr. Andrew Moulden: Every Vaccine Produces Harm
Canadian physician Dr. Andrew Moulden provided clear scientific evidence to prove that every dose of vaccine given to a child or an adult produces harm. The truth that he uncovered was rejected by the conventional medical system and the pharmaceutical industry. Nevertheless, his warning and his message to America remains as a solid legacy of the man who stood up against big pharma and their program to vaccinate every person on the Earth.
Dr. Moulden died unexpectedly in November of 2013 at age 49.
Because of the strong opposition from big pharma concerning Dr. Moulden’s research, we became concerned that the name of this brilliant researcher and his life’s work had nearly been deleted from the internet. His reputation was being disparaged, and his message of warning and hope was being distorted and buried without a tombstone. This book summarizes his teaching and is a must-read for everyone who wants to learn the “other-side” of the vaccine debate that the mainstream media routinely censors.
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Medical Doctors Opposed to Forced Vaccinations – Should Their Views be Silenced?
One of the biggest myths being propagated in the compliant mainstream media today is that doctors are either pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, and that the anti-vaccine doctors are all “quacks.”
However, nothing could be further from the truth in the vaccine debate. Doctors are not unified at all on their positions regarding “the science” of vaccines, nor are they unified in the position of removing informed consent to a medical procedure like vaccines.
The two most extreme positions are those doctors who are 100% against vaccines and do not administer them at all, and those doctors that believe that ALL vaccines are safe and effective for ALL people, ALL the time, by force if necessary.
Very few doctors fall into either of these two extremist positions, and yet it is the extreme pro-vaccine position that is presented by the U.S. Government and mainstream media as being the dominant position of the medical field.
In between these two extreme views, however, is where the vast majority of doctors practicing today would probably categorize their position. Many doctors who consider themselves “pro-vaccine,” for example, do not believe that every single vaccine is appropriate for every single individual.
Many doctors recommend a “delayed” vaccine schedule for some patients, and not always the recommended one-size-fits-all CDC childhood schedule. Other doctors choose to recommend vaccines based on the actual science and merit of each vaccine, recommending some, while determining that others are not worth the risk for children, such as the suspect seasonal flu shot.
These doctors who do not hold extreme positions would be opposed to government-mandated vaccinations and the removal of all parental exemptions.
In this eBook, I am going to summarize the many doctors today who do not take the most extremist pro-vaccine position, which is probably not held by very many doctors at all, in spite of what the pharmaceutical industry, the federal government, and the mainstream media would like the public to believe.
Jack Russell June 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm – Reply
Mid 2014 I saw an immunologist [Professor] regarding my vaccine injury. Unfortunately he turned out to be one of the pro extremists, shrieking at me “that is irrelevant” when asking me what I thought was the cause of my conditions. After actually listening and investigating the facts further, he reluctantly conceded that the vaccine was probably the cause.
What was interesting was his description of the pertussis component. Quote “it doesn’t work…it hasn’t worked for years.” unquote.
This seems to be supported by the outbreak we had here in 2012 where large numbers of those infected had been vaccinated.
No reasonable person would expect these vaccines to last indefinitely, yet this whooping cough vaccine is pushed hard by medicos and the government.
Why? Why not warn people that the effectiveness is now in question so they can implement their own secondary precautions instead of falsely believing they are protected?
This also invites the question:
What other vaccines are no longer effective??
Kayla Wildman June 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm – Reply
Well, I guess every new study, report, etc. on the failure of pertussis vaccine is a step forward…but really, the fact of pertussis vaccine failure is “old news”. The FDA research showing that acellular pertussis vaccine doesn’t prevent colonization and transmission of pertussis in baboons was reported in 2012, and in 2013 the CDC was discussing the research that showed the new PRN-negative strains of pertussis (now dominant in the U.S.) infect people vaccinated with acellular pertussis vaccine (and up-to-date on booster) more successfully than they infect unvaccinated people.
I was at the California State Capitol yesterday to watch the Assembly “debate” and vote on SB277, the bill that would eliminate “personal belief exemptions” to vaccination for day care, preschool, and K-12 schools (both public and private). I had, a couple of weeks ago, sent my own Assemblyman hard copies of FDA and CDC documents on pertussis vaccine failure along with a couple of other scientific documents containing damning evidence against the SB277-mandated vaccines. My assemblyman is a dentist, so he should have been able to comprehend the science. The man had the gall to stand up in the Assembly and say “At the end of the day, vaccines are safe and effective.” Willful ignorance and refusal to confront important issues re: this bill — that’s what every proponent displayed in that debate and vote. It was sickening.
All these vaccine mandate bills serve NO ONE except the vaccine manufacturers and their cronies in the CDC, and the AMA and its state counterparts. Unfortunately, the vaccine manufacturers and their medical establishment buddies have huge amounts of money available to buy legislators. The principal “author” of SB277, pediatrician Richard Pan, got $95,000 in campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies in the year or so before he introduced SB277 in the California legislature. Our legislatures have been bought, pure and simple.