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Does anyone know anything about the Dtap vaccine? The gov says the last one lost its effectiveness. Now they are requiring all children to be re-vaccinated or else they can't attend public school. The nurse at my sons school says there is no exemption at all. Is this true?
edit on 1-6-2014 by djbj597922 because: (no reason given)
The gov says the last one lost its effectiveness. Now they are requiring all children to be re-vaccinated or else they can't attend public school.
Children should get 5 doses (shots) of the vaccine. One dose should be received at each of the following ages:
15 through 18 months
4 through 6 years
Children should get 5 doses of DTaP vaccine, one dose at each of the following ages:
DTaP may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are serious diseases caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
DIPHTHERIA causes a thick covering in the back of the throat.
It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.
TETANUS (Lockjaw) causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body.
It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to 2 out of 10 cases.
PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants to eat, drink, or breathe. These spells can last for weeks.
It can lead to pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring spells), brain damage, and death.
DTaP is not given to children 7 years or older. Two vaccines are available for children 7 years through adulthood. These vaccines are Tdap and Td. Because immunity to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis wears off, Tdap and Td are used as booster vaccines. The health care provider can tell you more about these vaccines.
What's your point?
Yes, Pertussis is on the rise again and guess what...90% of cases had the vaccination.
Conclusion. Vaccinated cases of pertussis had decreased morbidity characterized by less severe illness and significantly reduced illness duration.
The researchers identified geographic clusters of children who received nonmedical vaccination exemptions to attend kindergarten and compared them with geographic areas where there was an increase in pertussis cases. The researchers found that areas with many unvaccinated children were 2.5 times more likely to have a cluster of pertussis cases than areas with few unvaccinated children.
Investigation of the Washington epidemic demonstrates multiple B. pertussis strains causing infection, primarily in vaccinated persons. Given the high transmissibility of B. pertussis, a proportion of vaccinated persons remains susceptible and can become infected during a pertussis outbreak. Unvaccinated children have at least an eightfold greater risk for pertussis than children fully vaccinated with DTaP (7).
During the period from January 2010 through June 2011, when 95% of the cases of pertussis in the study population were diagnosed, the incidence of pertussis was 115 cases per 100,000 person-years among members younger than 1 year of age, decreasing to 29 cases per 100,000 person-years at 5 years of age, sharply increasing to 226 cases per 100,000 person-years at 10 and 11 years of age, sharply decreasing until 15 years of age, and remaining low in persons 15 years of age or older (Figure 1Figure 1Annual Rate of Pertussis and Vaccination History in the Entire Health-Plan Population, According to Age, during the Pertussis Outbreak from January 2010 through June 2011.).
They aren't? Why do you say that?
They will be bringing the spread back home now and we'll see even more cases despite folks having been vaccinated. They aren't working anymore and why is that?