My refutations to Creative Green Living’s blog entry ” Why We Changed Our Mind about the Whooping Cough Vaccine (and you should, too)”

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Here is the article on its original blog. I have reposted here with my points in bold 🙂

Please know that this isn’t my intention for my blog to contain stories like this but I had no other way of publishing this. Please be aware that this is not representative of the content this bog usually shares. Thanks!

“Disclaimer: This is a personal opinion piece. I am not a doctor. This article is not intended to be medical advice. 
This is my first concern. It can be irresponsible of people who don’t fully understand data to try to interpret it and then, while saying “this is not medical advice”, still give their advice. Most readers won’t go through and read every source cited, assuming that it is accurate if she cited sources, which can leaf to this still being taken as advice or even as the synopsis of the latest research. Later in this, she cherry picks the data and writes her own conclusion based on it that people shouldn’t get the vaccines, when in actually, the research cited concludes the opposite and states in very plainly on the first page. Twisting research to maker it appear to say something else is very irresponsible.

Before we had our son in 2010, I never dreamed I would be a mom who wouldn’t vaccinate her kid “on schedule” – let alone one who would advocate that others should consider doing the same. Before he came, though, we did some research on the individual vaccines recommended by the CDC and after meeting with our pediatrician, came up with a personalized vaccine schedule for our son.

The schedule included the pertussis vaccine known as DTaP – designed to prevent whooping cough (among other things).

At the time, this seemed like a no-brainer. Working through the Eight Questions to Ask Before Vaccinating Your Child, we decided that even though there was aluminum in the vaccine (170-850 mcg depending on the brand), the worst whooping cough outbreak in the last decade was making its way up and down the west coast of the United States – where we live. Whooping Cough can be deadly to infants, this was offered as a way to prevent it, it seemed like an easy decision.

What changed?

We made the decision to go ahead with the pertussis vaccine in mid 2010 – at the start of the outbreak. Now, almost 4 years into the whooping cough epidemic, we have some more information that simply wasn’t available four years ago. This information changes everything. Specifically: the pertussis vaccine isn’t terribly effective and may actually be the CAUSE of the outbreak. This actually was cited nowhere in her sources or in the study at all. This is incorrectly assumed I’m guessing because of not reading but more skimming and drawing conclusions. It’s 26 pages long and boring for about 25 of those pages, so that’s probably why.
In the source, they started that they care for 135,000 and out of those, 171 had confirmed pertussis (132 were kids). Vaccine effectiveness was 41%, 24%, &79% in ages 2-7, 8-12, and 13-18, respectively. There was a huge drop in effectiveness in age 8-12.
In conclusion, the researchers stated that the drop in effectiveness was proportionate to the time frame between boosters. They concluded “the current schedule… is inefficient to prevent outbreaks… The possibility of EARLIER or MORE NUMEROUS booster doses of acellular pertussis vaccine either as part of routine immunization or for outbreak control should be considered.”
The study in no way suggested that the vaccine caused the outbreak or even that not vaccinating would be helpful, but the opposite: that more frequent vaccinations should be considered because it was working well in the age ranges nearest the vaccinations.

Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Kids

Right now, in 2014, the United States has the most highly vaccinated populace against pertussis that we have ever known. And yet, people are catching pertussis in record numbers. In fact, in a study done by doctors in California to retroactively evaluate the pertussis outbreak in California, it was found that 92% of patients confirmed to have pertussis were at least partially vaccinated against the disease – only 8% of patients were unvaccinated.(source)

The researchers themselves even expressed surprise to find there was no significant difference in attack rates between fully vaccinated, under vaccinated and unvaccinated children and that overall vaccine effectiveness was determined to be only 24% – 41% in kids under age 12, depending on age. (source) “Kulldorff’s scan statistics identified 39 statistically significant clusters of high NME rates and 2 statistically significant clusters of pertussis cases in this time period. Census tracts within an exemptions cluster were 2.5 times more likely to be in a pertussis cluster (odds ratio = 2.47, 95% confidence interval: 2.22–2.75). More cases occurred within as compared with outside exemptions clusters (incident rate ratios = 1.20, 95% confidence interval: 1.10–1.30). The association remained significant after adjustment for demographic factors. NMEs clustered spatially and were associated with clusters of pertussis cases.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest clustering of NMEs may have been 1 of several factors in the 2010 California pertussis resurgence.” my source

“Cocooning” Theory

Based on the info above, the vaccine is clearly not working to prevent children from catching pertussis. Another theory that is commonly promoted is that in addition to vaccinating your kids, pregnant women and caretakers of children (parents, grandparents, etc) should be vaccinated to provide a protective cocoon around children – particularly those too young to be vaccinated. The theory is that as long as the caregivers do not catch and then give pertussis to these babies that their risk of contracting it is low. This is also turning out to be an inaccurate theory.

A study published in 2013 tested the efficacy of the vaccine by vaccinating infant baboons at 2, 4 and 6 months of age (on par with human vaccination schedule) and then exposed them to pertussis at age 7 months when their immunity should have been at its peak to see how well the vaccine prevented them from getting sick. While the vaccinated baboons did not develop severe pertussis symptoms following exposure, the animals still tested positive for having contracted pertussis AND readily transmitted pertussis to unvaccinated contacts.(source) That is the very point of vaccines. The diseases are still there- they don’t go away or disappear-but vaccinations help drastically lessen or eliminate severe effects from them. So, if a person is vaccinated, they still “catch” the illness but they very likely will not experience more than cold symptoms.
Also, baboons are not using hand washing techniques or covering mouths to prevent spread of disease through nasal secretions and mucus from coughing as humans would, so that aspect could be considered irrelevant. 

Last year, nearly 50,000 pertussis cases were reported to the CDC, including 18 deaths.  Fortunately, “overall reporting of pertussis has declined during 2013,”according to the CDC website. This increase was due, in large part to a combination of cyclical outbreak presentations and a drastic drop in vaccinations in 2008. See the source and quote above

Some studies show that half of the infants who contract pertussis got it from an older sibling, Auger said.
This is terribly concerning and even more dangerous than allowing caretakers to contract pertussis on their own! What?! If an adult is exhibiting symptoms of disease – most of them will intentionally isolate themselves from children and others until their symptoms subside to avoid passing whatever they have around. If a vaccinated adult catches pertussis but has no symptoms they will not know to avoid others – because they will no way to know if they have the disease. As such, they will continue to interact with children and others, thereby freely sharing the disease with both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.  vaccinated individuals almost always have extremely mild symptoms presenting as a mild cold. Vaccinated AND unvaccinated adults rarely, if ever, exhibit the “whooping” sound in any case, which is the hallmark presentation that allows them to know they gave the disease. Anyone with children knows that they would very much avoid their infant and have anyone else with child symptoms avoid contact also. The difference is that the vaccinated children will be so minimally affected but unvaccinated children will likely be severely affected and may die. There has never been a vaccine to cure this illness and rid it from existence, but instead to drastically decrease deaths and severe illness from it by increasing immunity before exposure. Like wearing seatbelts won’t prevent an accident, but will keep you from flying through the windshield.
In addition, ” There is another Bordetella pertussis whooping cough disease called B. parapertussis. Symptoms of B. parapertussis whooping cough can look identical to B, pertussis whooping cough but they are usually milder. B, parapertussis is increasing in the U.S. and other countries, which have had high pertussis vaccination rates for few decades. There are estimates that perhaps 30 percent or more of whooping cough disease in highly vaccinated populations is caused by B. parapertussis organisms.

It is possible to have both B. pertussis and B. parapertussis infections at the same time. Parapertussis is often milder than B. pertussis but can also involve serious complications which lead to pneumonia and death.

Pertussis vaccines widely used around the world do not protect against parapertussis. There is no vaccine for parapertussis.

Lab Confirmation Needed for Accurate Diagnosis

The only sure way to find out if you or your child have B. pertussis or B. parapertussis (or another respiratory disease caused by other viruses or bacteria), is to have a lab test  that will positively confirm the exact organism causing the whooping cough symptoms.” my source

This is so concerning that I have specifically asked my parents to NOT get the pertussis vaccine in preparation for the birth of our new little one. I urge you to consider doing the same. This is medical advice. This person has inaccurately interpreted medical research and skewed results, then is giving medical advice that they are not qualified to give. This woman can be held liable for giving this advice and any consequences of doing so (child illness, deaths, etc…) and someone should let her know this.

What about pregnant moms?

I am of the strong opinion that pregnant moms especially should avoid the DTaP and Tdap vaccines at all costs. Here is a short synopsis of why: The DTaP and Tdap vaccines contain between 170-850 mcg of aluminum. The trace amounts of aluminum in the one-time pregnancy booster vaccine are a minute fraction of the amount the mother is ingesting on a daily basis and is nearly 100% removed by the mother’s body and kidneys. more info on aluminum consumption and exposure Even if your doctor administers a brand with the lowest dose of aluminum possible, this much aluminum is toxic for a developing fetus who does not have the capacity to filter this out of their body and it can damage them.
Current evidence shows that at best, the vaccine will only prevent you from having symptoms of pertussis – if you really have pertussis but do not have symptoms, you will more easily transmit it to your child.” That is her opinion and should not be asserted as fact (i.e. “you will more easily transmit it to your child”, with no other factors taken into consideration. (See my above comment with the baboons)

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3 thoughts on “My refutations to Creative Green Living’s blog entry ” Why We Changed Our Mind about the Whooping Cough Vaccine (and you should, too)”

    • Thank you very much. It’s extremely disconcerting to see the amount of information misinterpreted on the internet irresponsibly shared. I realize she and others have the best intentions, but sometimes the best intentions can be dangerous.

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