This week, I had a handful of people send me articles to refute. I don’t always have time to refute all of the nonsense articles that float around. I wish I did have the time. But I don’t. I simply write these posts to help others. I’m honestly in a season of my life where I don’t feel the need to defend my vaccine stance anymore. When I was first having babies, I felt a strong need to defend my stance. And I wrote tons about vaccines. Now that my children are getting older, their health is living proof. And I have little desire to defend my stance or spend my time refuting articles.
However one article that was sent to me (by a friend looking for genuine help)…it kept bugging me. I kept going back to it, then talking myself out of not wasting my time refuting it, then going back to it again. So here I am. Refuting this most worst article published in the LA Times. It was titled “The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic”. The article led to a graphic above of a map showing “vaccine-preventable outbreaks”. Whatever that means. Under the map it said “Almost all the whooping cough is in the United States.”
Uh yeah…. of course almost all of the whooping cough cases are in the US. We are the most highly vaccinated country in the world, against a disease that is primarily spread through the vaccinated.
As vaccination rates and boosters continue to rise, we have become the most highly vaccinated population in the history of the world. And we still can’t escape whooping cough outbreaks. So we keep blaming the outbreaks on the small percent of the unvaccinated population. And we call it the “anti-vaccination movement”. Whatever that means.
Don’t the people conducting the “ground breaking research” about the so-called “anti-vaccination movement” understand that there is no such thing as an anti-vaccination movement? Most of the people who have woken up to the truth about vaccines are parents of vaccine injured children (Who guess what? They once believed in vaccines and their children ARE vaccinated) or parents like myself who have done the proper research. I’m not anti-vaccine. I’m pro-truth, pro-safety, & pro-effectiveness. Vaccines are none of those. It’s that simple.
OK back the LA Times article. I’m actually only taking the 4th paragraph from that article that then leads to a “study”. And I’m going to focus on how a “study” with such crap science becomes the reason behind an LA Times published article with a title called the “TOLL OF THE ANTI-VACCINATION MOVEMENT”.
It is truly hard to comprehend how the study I’m about to breakdown is the reason behind the “toll of the anti-vaccination movement”.
4th paragraph in the article:
“Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine. Researchers have pointed to the effect of “non-medical exemptions” from legally required whooping cough immunizations… as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California”
Ok, lets break this down….
“Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine”
First of all what is “vaccine panic”? Lame. And how is the whooping cough “beatable by a common vaccine” when the majority of people with whooping cough are vaccinated? That the CDC admits has waning immunity? How many boosters do we need to add to the schedule before the vaccine is actually effective? And are we really always going to try to blame the incidence of whooping cough on the small percent that doesn’t vaccinate? The so called “anti-vaccination movement”.
“Researchers have pointed to the effect of non-medical exemptions as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California”
OK, seriously, click on the link this article gives as the “research” behind this claim. It leads you to this: Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions and Pertussis in California, 2010
The first paragraph to this study reads: “Although this resurgence has been widely attributed to waning immunity of the acellular vaccine, the role of vaccine refusal has not been explored in the published literature. Many factors likely contributed to the outbreak, including the cyclical nature of pertussis, improved diagnosis, and waning immunity; however, it is important to understand if clustering of unvaccinated individuals also played a role”
So the first paragraph clearly tells us that:
1. The resurgence has been WIDELY attributed to waning immunity of the acellular vaccines
2. That the role of vaccine refusal has NOT been explored in published literature (I guess until this ground breaking study)
3. That MANY factors likely contributed to the outbreak including: – the cyclical nature of pertussis, improved diagnosis, and waning immunity
4. However, LET’S STILL TRY TO BLAME THE UNVACCINATED, right?
The conclusion to this amazing “research” article…Are you ready?
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest clustering of NMEs (Non medical exemptions) may have been 1 of several factors in the 2010 California pertussis resurgence.
May have? Or not.
And 1 of several factors. But let’s not talk about any of those other factors.
By the way, they analyzed nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) for children entering kindergarten from 2005 through 2010 they found “2 statistically significant clusters of pertussis cases in this time period”
There were 9,120 cases of pertussis during the 2010 outbreak. And researchers have already determined from a 2012 report that 92% of pertussis cases in California during that outbreak were in vaccinated individuals.
But this study found TWO clusters of pertussis in NME’s over a 5 year period and LA Times gets to publish a piece about the “toll of the anti-vaccination movement”. Whatever.
And that’s really where this post should end. But I’m going to take it a step further and break down the REAL reasons behind the increase in Whooping Cough (pertussis) outbreaks.
So if you need to take a break…come back later for the 2nd half of this post. If not, keep reading :)
According to the CDC…
“In the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen the peaks getting higher and overall case counts (of pertussis) going up. There are several reasons that help explain why we’re seeing more cases as of late. These include: increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity”
Let’s talk about these other important factors:
Waning Immunity of the Acellular vaccine.
In 1997, the ACIP recommended that pediatric DTaP replace all pediatric DTP doses. What does that mean? It means we went from a whole cell vaccine (DTP) to a targeted acellular vaccine (DTaP). The DTP vaccine was much more effective, but very dangerous. The DTaP vaccine was not nearly as effective, and still dangerous. Great logic there. Anyways, that was 15 years ago. There was a large group of intelligent people who knew back then that the acellular vaccine was not going to be effective. And that it was still dangerous. But none of that mattered.
Since that time, we have been experiencing “outbreaks”. So many times these outbreaks are blamed on the folks who don’t vaccinate. Like what the LA Times article and graph is trying to show. And this is how we create the “anti-vaccine” movement and credit them with the vaccine failure.
How many boosters are we up to? Seven. And we are still having outbreaks. Blame the unvaccinated of course.
“If you think that a vaccinated person cannot get whooping cough, in the most severe manner, think again. Most babies over the age of 6 months who get whooping cough are fully and “appropriately” vaccinated. Pertussis is admittedly, even by the vaccine enthusiasts,primarily spread by vaccinated children, adolescents and adults” -A Special Report done by the International Medical Council on Vaccination
Cyclical nature of pertussis.
Pertussis is and has always been cyclical in nature, with peaks in the disease every 3-5 years.
I am copying and pasting directly from the CDC website (as you will see, they do not blame the “anti-vaccine” movement)
Q. Why are reported cases of pertussis increasing?
A: Since the early 1980s, there has been an overall trend of an increase in reported pertussis cases. Pertussis is naturally cyclic in nature, with peaks in disease every 3-5 years. But for the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen the peaks getting higher and overall case counts going up. There are several reasons that help explain why we’re seeing more cases as of late. These include: increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity.
More circulation of bacteria
Did anyone notice this was listed under the CDC’s reasons behind why we are seeing more cases? Let me explain…
More and more studies and reports are showing how the DTaP vaccine is causing a mutated strain. Mutated strains are not the strains we are vaccinated against. Mutated strains also shed. See there are different bacterial strains of Pertussis. In an excellent article written by Everything Birth, they explain the difference in these two very clearly:
“See, this disease is most often attributed to B. pertussis infection… BUT, it is also caused by the closely related B. parapertussis.
But, what they already know and just aren’t telling you is this… In tests, the vaccine appears to work quite well against B. pertussis in mice. In contrast, the same tests showed vaccination led to a 40-fold enhancement of B. parapertussis colonization in the lungs of mice.
That doesn’t necessarily translate into 40 sick mice as opposed to just one. It means 40 times the lung colonization.
Just so there is no confusion: colonization [kol″ŏ-nĭ-za´shun] the development of a bacterial infection on an individual, as demonstrated by a positive culture. The infected person may have no signs or symptoms of infection while still having the potential to infect others.
So, yes…. Please, think of those with weakened immune systems. Think of them enough to demand better tests. Think of them enough to look at the facts of this vaccine. Think of them enough not to get swept away in this scaremongering. Also think of what this means to your own child’s health. At the end of the day, no one is going to care if their pertussis is B. pertussis or B. parapertussis. Sick is sick.
And the vaccination appears to have the potential to make sure more people are walking around contagious or sick. Worse yet, these people could be walking around showing NO symptoms…”
Please read the conclusion of this most excellent article (HERE)
*Back in 2011, scientists came out with a study warning: Whooping Cough Strain Now Immune to Vaccine: THE bacteria that causes whooping cough has mutated, eroding the protection provided by the vaccine now given to children.
“A key issue is that the whole cell vaccine (DTP) contained hundreds of antigens, which gave broad protection against many strains of pertussis. But the (targeted) acellular vaccine (DTaP) contains only three to five antigens. Our findings suggest that the use of the acellular vaccine may be one factor contributing to these genetic changes.” - UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
*CDC study: suggests that the resurgence of WHOOPING COUGH is due to the vaccine causing an increased and more virulent toxin. The CDC acknowledges that whooping cough is recurring in highly vaccinated populations. They also concluded that there is a high secondary transmission rate from vaccinated individuals.
The CDC ended the study with: “Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants. Therefore, even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.”
I think improved diagnostics being one of the reasons behind the resurgence in whooping cough is interesting. Especially if improved diagnostics leads to studies such as this. Haha!
Title: “A cluster of suspected whooping cough cases in Colorado was actually most likely a “pseudo-outbreak,”according to an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1. The patients were mistakenly diagnosed because of contaminated samples.
2. The samples were contaminated from the pertussis DNA in the vaccine.
3. They tested more patients than necessary, leading to more mistaken diagnoses.
4. Many of the people they found infected with pertussis were vaccinated.
5. They still recommend the vaccine. Haha!
What about all the outbreaks though?
In April 2012, an infectious disease specialist out of California came out with a pretty damning report that showed the majority of whooping cough cases in the famous 2010 CA outbreak, occurred within the vaccinated population.
Here are few more articles worth reading:
“We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That’s what started catching our attention.”
I also wrote a post called “Pertussis: The Outbreaks that Cry Wolf”, where I share further research on this topic and cover many other outbreaks through the years. I also cover risk/benefits (the majority of $2 billion paid out by our government for vaccine injury is for injury caused by pertussis vaccine). I also share different published studies on safety and effectiveness. For example, a 1994 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that 80% of children under 5 who got pertussis had been fully vaccinated. The researchers concluded that the “vaccine offered insufficient protection from the disease”. You can read that post (HERE)