A recent report has indicated that a new strain of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is affecting young children and the disturbing part is that the strain is affecting children who have already been immunized. The new Whooping Cough strain appears to be resistant to the current vaccinations used by doctors and health officials are concerned that they may see an increase in Whooping Cough throughout the country.
The issue at hand regarding the DTaP vaccine (Whooping Cough vaccine) is that many believe it has never really worked in the first place. It is a known fact that the vaccine does wear off over a period of time and many in the health industry also question whether the vaccine is making matters worse. Studies have shown that rates of contracting Whooping Cough are higher among vaccinated children mainly due to the fact that the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection in the first place but simply makes symptoms milder than they would have been if the child were not vaccinated. In essence this means a vaccinated child can carry the pertussis infection and spread it to other children since they are still contagious even though they were not clinically diagnosed as having the infection. Quite scary that so many medical professionals are pushing to vaccinate children or to get the Tdap Booster when in fact the vaccines may just be masking symptoms and ultimately playing a role in spreading the infection to others.
There are two sides to every story, but there is some evidence that points to a possible connection between the Pertussis vaccination and increased rates of sick children. Could it be true that the Whooping Cough vaccine does NOT protect society? Could it be true that new strains of Whooping Cough may be developing because vaccines are simply not working?
Well, in Pierce County Washington, health officials are seeing epidemic levels of Whooping Cough that are prompting them to to declare that all children should be vaccinated. As always, as sickness spreads the first thing families are advised to do is “get vaccinated.”
OLYMPIA Today Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced that whooping cough disease has reached epidemic levels in Washington. So far in 2012, 640 cases have been reported in 23 counties as of March 31. This compares to 94 cases during this same time period last year, putting Washington on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades.
“We’re very concerned about the continued rapid increase in reported cases,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. We want all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap to be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine.” Source
BABIES AND WHOOPING COUGH
So what age group are we all most concerned about when it comes to Whooping Cough? By far everyone would agree it would be infants and babies under 1 year old that have not built up an immunity and that are more susceptible to infections like Whooping Cough. As Whooping Cough cases start to increase, the likelihood of a young baby becoming infected by a carrier of Whooping Cough increases. We’re seeing more and more cases of babies coming down with Pertussis because they were infected by a sick parent or child and again health officials are putting on the full court press to have parents vaccinate young children with the DTap Vaccine, a series of shots from 2-months to around 4-5 years old.
WHAT DO PARENTS DO ABOUT PREVENTING WHOOPING COUGH?
As always I like to give my bottom line and in this case it’s that parents need to do their due dilligence when it comes to vaccinating their children. As a parent, I’m always walking a very fine line when it comes to vaccinations with the possible side effects on one side and the infections and diseases that can be prevented on the other. Talk with your doctors and find out what they recommend for YOUR child, not the entire population that walks though their doors. Every child is different so ask your doctor for advice on what is best for YOUR child. You want to prevent these horrible infections but at the same time you don’t want to do something that will harm your child unintentionally. Ask lots of questions and if need be seek a second opinion as Whooping Cough is not something a parent should take lightly.