Originally posted by flashtrum
reply to post by thebtheb
There is a Whooping cough outbreak in the United States directly attributed to the lack of people getting vaccinated against it. ....
Allowing the viruses that cause these outbreaks back into a general population also allows them to mutate, which renders the vaccine useless. We
should have NEVER tried to fix what was not broken.
Firstly, Whooping Cough or pertussis is not
a virus. Therefore it is not a situation of a "virus mutating". Whooping Cough aka pertussis is
caused by bacteria.
Whooping Cough: Bordetella pertussis - Wikipedia
There does not appear to be a zoonotic reservoir for B. pertussis—humans are its only host.
The bacterium is spread by airborne droplets; its incubation period is seven to 14 days.
A vaccine for a virus is different than a vaccine for bacteria. With a vaccine for a virus, a dead or weakened form of the virus is injected into a
person to build up immunity. Therefore, theoretically, if the person comes into contact with the full-strength live-version of the virus, they will
already be immune to it.
With a bacteria vaccination, it is a temporary fix. The human body builds up immunity to the bacteria for a timeframe and then as time goes on, they
can get sick again from the bacteria.
Whooping Cough Statistics
During the 6-year period from 1940 through 1945, more than 1 million cases of whooping cough were reported, an average of 175,000 cases per year
(incidence of approximately 150 cases per 100,000 population). Following the introduction of the pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, the incidence of
whooping cough gradually declined, reaching 15,000 reported cases in 1960 (approximately 8 per 100,000 population). By 1970, the annual incidence was
fewer than 5,000 cases per year, and during 1980-1990, an average of 2,900 cases per year were reported (about 1 per 100,000 population).
from eMedTV: Whooping Cough Statistics
Whooping cough decreased significantly since the introduction of the vaccine, but clearly something went wrong during the 1990s vaccine batches. And
personally I think the vaccines have declined in quality. By about 2008, the CDC began urging that suddenly everyone get vaccinated for pertussis
every 10 years. That wasn't the case for the 1940s-1980s batches of pertussis vaccine.
Then the quality of the pertussis vaccine got even worse during the decade 2000-2010. Suddenly around 2011, getting vaccinated every 10 years was no
longer good enough. Studies began saying that the vaccine was only good for 3 years.
Study: Whooping Cough Vaccine Fades In 3 Years
Monday, September 19, 2011
By MIKE STOBBE, AP
The vaccine against whooping cough falters after only about three years, a preliminary study suggests, adding support to school rules requiring kids
to get the vaccination periodically.
So I really fail to see how it's allegedly those who haven't been vaccinated causing the spread of the bacteria. It's more like the pharmaceutical
companies keep putting out a vaccine that's of poorer and poorer quality, forcing everyone to give them more money every 3 years for a crappy
Maybe everyone should demand their doctors to pull old batches of the vaccine out to use. Looks like the best pertussis vaccines were sold from the
1940s-1989. But if you got a 1990s batch, then you have to re-vaccinate every decade. If you got a 2000s batch, you now have to vaccinate every 3
Perhaps if everyone with whooping cough sneezed on the doorsteps of some of these pharmaceutical companies, they'd learn to put out a better quality