Junk vaccine causing whooping cough boom
It was a disease we thought we’d gotten rid of…but now, it’s come roaring back in a big way.
We’re seeing more cases of whooping cough now than when Eisenhower was in office.
In 2012, there were a staggering 48,000 cases of the highly contagious bacterial infection, which is characterized by severe hacking cough, trouble breathing, and vomiting. It may even become fatal.
And you’re not going to believe what’s behind the increase: booster shots.
That’s right, a new study in the latest issue of Pediatrics blames the recent outbreak of whooping cough on the very vaccination that’s supposed to stop the infectious bacterial disease.
The study found that kids ages 10 to 16 had some of the highest rates of whooping cough, even though virtually all of them had been vaccinated for the disease!
The truth is that the DTaP vaccine is effective only 69 percent of the time even in the first year, when the vaccine is supposed to be at its strongest. And it’s so weak in the long-term that kids have to get a series of six booster shots (called Tdap) starting at age 11 or 12.
Even then, those boosters are only considered “moderately” effective…and last only one year each. By the third year, the effectiveness all but completely disappears – a phenomenon known as “waning immunity.”
Now, although it isn’t as effective, the DTaP vaccine is much safer than its predecessor, which could give young kids high fevers, seizures, and other neurological side effects.
You can choose to stick your little ones with needles “just in case” of random exposure to the highly contagious bacteria. But injecting them with stuff regularly probably won’t protect them from all-out whooping cough outbreaks.
Is it possible that another whooping cough vaccine may be developed that’s both safe and more than “fairly” effective? Sure.
But I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.