December 5, 2019
BOULDER— Four Boulder County schools have reported whooping cough outbreaks this week. What they are not reporting on is whether the sickened students have been vaccinated or not. This is an important distinction. In a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in September of this year, Dr. James D. Cherry, a medical doctor at UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics explained that “all children who were primed by DTaP vaccines will be more susceptible to pertussis throughout their lifetimes.” Parents of students attending the schools and experiencing these outbreaks need to be aware that their vaccinated children may actually be more susceptible to developing whooping cough than their non-vaccinated fellow students. Last March a whooping cough outbreak in a California school sickened 90 vaccinated students while no unvaccinated students fell ill with pertussis.
Even the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services admitted in a 2010 study published in the journal Vaccine, that while the vaccine provides some protection from pertussis, it causes a rise in overall whooping cough infections by enhancing the growth of parapertussis—a related bacteria. Parents, teachers and the community at large should understand that due to the acellular component of the vaccine, the shot is not able, in any way, to affect “herd immunity” or disease transmission but only can lessen symptoms in an individual for a short period of time.
Furthermore, Dr. Stanley Plotkin, one of the top experts and researchers in vaccine science, concedes in a 2017 whooping cough study, that “the increase in pertussis appears to be the result of waning [vaccine] immunity.” Finally, in another 2017 primate study, researchers found that the vaccine may prevent an individual from developing symptoms of whooping cough, but then become asymptomatic carriers of the infection increasing their potential of unknowingly spreading the infection to others.
In fact, Lynn Treffen, branch chief for the Immunization Division of the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment (CDPHE), in an email conversation with colleagues about changing the schedule for the Tdap booster from age 10 to age 11 or 12, stated that “Over time, because the vaccine seems to wane so quickly, the recommendation has been pushed more to 11-12.” But she then goes on to say that giving the shot at “10 is safe, and as effective as giving it at 11, since it doesn’t last long enough either way” (emphasis added)
According to a recent report by Shaun Boyd of CBS, “Colorado sees pertussis epidemics about every three to five years and the last one was in 2012. At this point, state health officials are not overly concerned. Cases of pertussis statewide are down compared to last year. Based on scientific studies such as those mentioned here and hundreds of other peer reviewed studies, more and more Coloradans are realizing “safe and effective” is simply a marketing narrative for a product that in fact, is neither safe, nor effective.
Notes to Editor:
- Study showing DTaP primes children for lifelong susceptibility to pertussis: https://academic.oup.com/jpids/article-abstract/8/4/334/5359449
- LA Times article about whooping cough outbreak in fully vaccinated students: https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-whooping-cough-vaccine-20190316-story.html
- Study showing the vaccine increases whooping cough infections: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X10014982
- Study on waning vaccine induced immunity: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28289064
- Study showing vaccinated may become asymptomatic carriers: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-1568
- CBS story: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/12/03/boulder-whooping-cough-pertussis-vaccine-summit/?fbclid=IwAR30c1g2WimkfahrM6NqrU5LcblalbgVWC9vpcwl7i09I-wA-oWfrRw20mU
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Colorado Health Choice Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of Coloradan families to live healthy lives without government intervention in medical choices. We believe each parent and individual should have complete medical freedom to make informed decisions on whether to vaccinate. We believe vaccinations can cause irreparable harm in adults and children, and we encourage each family to learn the risks and make a conscious choice on what is best for them and their children.
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