Back with a Vengeance: Berkeley’s Head Epidemiologist On the Return of Pertussis

Professor Arthur Reingold is Head of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health

California: Is whooping cough coming back?

We certainly are having a resurgence of pertussis in the United States, although it’s never gone away. It is a threat to very young infants, particularly those too young to be vaccinated or who have not yet had a complete series of the vaccines. 

Where does pertussis come from? How can you catch it?

There is no nonhuman source of pertussis. Pertussis is limited strictly to humans. There are no animals that are involved in the transmission of pertussis and it’s not in the environment. So it’s 100 percent a disease that is transmitted from one person to another through coughing and sneezing, through the respiratory route. 

Why hasn’t vaccination wiped pertussis out?

You can be immunized and protected against getting the disease, pertussis, but still have the organism in your nose and throat and spread it to others. Or you can have a very mild illness that is caused by pertussis that causes you to cough, and thereby infect others. So the immunity is not 100 percent from the pertussis vaccine. And what it means is any kind of herd immunity—the way we see, for example, much more powerfully with measles—really can’t be relied upon.

What’s herd immunity?

Herd immunity—the idea that some unvaccinated people are protected because other people are vaccinated and thereby are less likely to come in contact with the organism—is very powerful for some infectious diseases and totally nonexistent and irrelevant for other infectious diseases. Pertussis is kind of in the middle.

Herd immunity is important, and one of the strategies we have for trying to prevent disease in newborn infants who are still too young to be vaccinated is called “cocooning,” where we try to vaccinate all of the adults in the household or who are in contact with that infant. But if people think they’re protected because they live in a generally well-vaccinated population like the United States, and therefore are not likely to get pertussis, that would be the wrong message to give, because the reality is the organism circulates freely in the U.S. despite high levels of vaccination.

Why “cocooning”?

In part because we don’t really have another way to protect young babies except to make sure that, A, they are born to well-immunized mothers and have some passive immunity from antibodies they get from their mother. But then it’s going to be several months before they can have had several doses and be protected through immunization, and we know that most babies who get pertussis get it from immediate contact within their family and the adults in their surroundings. So, B, we are trying to at least reduce the likelihood that the adults around a baby could be a source of infection for the baby. 

Who doesn’t get vaccinated?

So the Supreme Court basically ruled 100 years ago that you must allow people exemptions on religious, personal-belief kinds of grounds. So that’s sort of been basically adjudicated a long time ago, is my understanding. There are also rare instances where you shouldn’t vaccinate. For example, [if] you’ve had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine, you shouldn’t get more doses of that vaccine. So there are some medical counterindications—they are very rare—but they do exist. And then the whole question is, other than medical counterindications, … what types of religious or personal-belief exemptions do you allow?

But the easier it is for parents to opt out, the higher the proportion of parents who do opt out, and within states that make it easier, there are higher levels of opting out. Particularly there are pockets in the states of Washington and Oregon and California, including here in Northern California but also in Southern California, where as many as 20 or 30 percent of parents are opting out of vaccinating their children against pertussis. There are pockets here on the West Coast, and I suppose elsewhere, where that’s really reached an alarming proportion.

From the Summer 2014 Apocalypse issue of California.
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Everytime I see or hear somebody I know ranting about chemtrails, I ask for actual evidence, and tell them exactly how they can gather actual evidence safely and cheaply. 1. Hire a chemistry and/or astronomy grad student from your local university, and ask the astro grad student to bring a solar spectrometer - chem and astro grad students don’t have much money, so they’ll work for cheap. 2. Have the astro grad student point the spectrometer at the sun, and record the spectrum. He and the chem student can analyze the absorption spectrum independently - both should have the skills at this point - they’ll provide you with a list of chemicals and their relative amounts that exist in the atmosphere. 3. Position yourself so there is a ‘chemtrail’ between you and the sun. Record the absorption spectrum again, and have your grad students analyze it and compare it to the first one. The differences will tell you what is in the plane’s contrail. If there’s anything other than water vapour and the trace chemicals associated with jet fuel burning, well, there’s your conspiracy. This is actual evidence, incredibly simple to obtain, and would be repeatable. This actually manages to shut people up, and even reconsider their beliefs on the subject - at least for a awhile, until they forget that for a brief moment they had actual insight in how to craft a worldview based on actual evidence. They usually come back around to the “OH NOES CHEMTRAILS!”, but they can be reminded again.
Why would someone like myself bother to go on such a long journey to prove or disprove chemtrails? I already have an inside source. You could access FOIA and see all of the unclassified documents pertaining to the aerosol barium salts and aluminums. I have done both….what about you? Do you understand the implications of climate change in light if the terra forming being instituted around the clock everyday. To deny it is to be blind.
But she’s seen photos of passenger jets loaded with barrels. They are real photos too. Of course they are photos of the water ballast tests that are done on all passenger jets during the test phase of development. The water is transferred between the barrels to intentionally shift the jet’s center of gravity … simulating passengers moving around a jet in flight. They are all available on Boeing and Airbus’ web sites … that’s where the conspiracy theorists got them. Of course the conspiracy theorists photo-shopped in some toxic chemical labels … but they are the “good guys” so we will forget that little deception.
Okay for the informed person who can think and reason, but what is YOUR objection?
Your newborn injected cocktail of a newborn better steer clear of my healthy unvaccinated children. Do you see how stupid that sounds? You sound like a little follower, so sorry for your beautifully designed baby and treasure from God himself. Your ignorance makes me cringe. Ps. You injecting your baby with toxic garbage and causes them to shed, is criminal. Wake yourself up before you destroy an already perfect system called the human. Your ridiculous ignorant and nasty comment reveals just what spirit you operate in. Hope your kid doesn’t turn out nasty like you. That is if he or she isn’t drastically affected by a variety of illness and developmental delay. Measles, mumps, chicken pox hep b rubella….are not life threatening, just normal parts if childhood. If Ignorance is deadly.
From ignorant to pathetic in less than a day. Bravo!
“Measles, mumps, chicken pox hep b rubella….are not life threatening, just normal parts if childhood.” Congratulations! You just lost the internet.
I feel so sad watching this disease gain traction in California. I am one of those unlucky people who is allergic to the vaccine - both attempts at vaccination lead to anaphylactic shock and hospitalization as a child. I moved out of San Francisco 5 years ago just as this nonsense was starting to gain traction, and now it seems as though it will never be safe to go home. It seems that what people who chose not to vaccinate don’t realize is that they’re just not endangering the lives of their own children, but of innocent people around them. I’m also concerned that the increase in infections will allow this bacteria more opportunities to mutate, rendering everyone’s vaccinations useless. Please, learn more about the fascinating history and science behind vaccinations, and try to understand how many lives they’ve saved, and how many people could be put at risk due to the anti-vaccination movement.
Wow, you just gave me at really great idea….just start saying I’m allergic to everything like peanuts and latex and eggs…which those allergies come from the vaccine. But maybe that approach would serve me better in the long run than sit here and subject myself to your novice opinions and snake oil science. No worry, I guess now, I’m just not a good candidate for vaccines as I am allergic to everything! So do me a favor all of you and please…PLEASE do not miss any of your vaccines. My health and my child’s health depend on it!!!
Listening to Jenny McCarthy on The View or reading every paranoid delusional freak’s website is not extensive research. Unfortunately we all have to be exposed to your poor parenting decisions. Keep your little germ incubator away from sane folk and your tin hat firmly on your head. Crackpots like you should be forced to register with your name, picture, address and your child’s name and picture just like a sex offender since your bad decisions could become a threat to those that have the misfortune of being around you.
Then by all means, let your kids be the first in line to be stricken with one or more of those diseases you refuse to vaccinate against. I hear smallpox is coming back into style.
I stated before, I am a home schooling parent, organic, Jesus freak. I choose this. I do not indulge the mainstream media. McCarthy is no one I’ve ever listened to, no cable tv here…no fox, cnn or msnbc here. I read, read and read some more. I question everything, I draw my own conclusions. I do not like the way this world is going, even your very crossing the line with your socialist and communist views. I live my life, I encourage you do the same. My point is simply this….butt out of my choice. Stop over stepping your authority wiphich again, is just an illusion. Self imposed even. Do you behave this way when not hiding behind a computer screen? Probably not. Long after this discussion is over, people the world over will be making decisions for their family, know your boundaries. Shut up more, talk less and really dig for the truth. The truth is not in your skewed pub med peer reviewed, your Dr of this and Dr of that for profit sell outs. No one has addressed the increase of autism, guillan Bree, cancer, diabetes, latex allergy, peanut allergy, egg allergy….you just go down this road like a lamb to the slaughter! So….go, but travel alone. I can’t convey accurately enough to any of you, how many of me there are. How come no one has tackled the issues of governmental studies and the use of vaccines? I’ve asked several times about the arp tuskeegee experiments, and while the crickets chirped I waited for a response. I was disappointed to read your insults and dismissal of a valid explanation. What about how USA funded and instituted the experiments through vaccines in Guatemala? No answer! We haven’t even scratched the surface….we never got the part about how vaccines are in use right now that have genetically modified components. I’m sure you same all government trusting people will tell me I’m crazy because I prefer organic to GMO. The funny thing is, when I was a kid, we didn’t call it organic…we just called it food! Are you the same people who will try to convince me that common core which is a federal takeover of the education system is a good thing? Are you the same people who would have me to believe the ACA is better, even constitutional, more affordable? Are you the same people who support the ACA really believe in some way I should contribute to the pot and pay for government approved birth control or worse yet, abortion. If you are in any of these categories, you are the problem, not me. I stood gracefully by my husbands side, supporting him and holding the fort down while he would sometimes be gone for a year at a time. I proudly supported him because each enlistment, I watched him stand there and swear an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America, from enemies foreign and DOMESTIC! Do any of you know what the cost of these constitutional freedoms look like and do you know what is sacrificed the keep them. Well, if not…than shut up. I do know. I Each word of the constitution is a right you enjoy, and someone else sacrificed a lot for that right. You want to have you’re opinion based on your evidence, more power to you. The attitudes and opinions I have seen expressed here totally undermine my rights to be as I will to be. Parents who choose to not follow status quo eventually find validation, yet they still remain humble. There is a serious lack of humility through this thread. Watching the horrors of vaccine damage throughout my twenty year stint while traveling everywhere with my husband I have seen enough. After seeing the way they corral four military in a room for mandatory shots, it is sickening. After watching my husbands marine just about die because the anthrax vaccine nearly killed him, he was awarded a full pension and medically retired at age 23 because he proved his case In an American court of law. It was only proven in an American court of law, because the UK had already decreed that the anthrax vax indeed could cause such an outcome. Stop preaching your garbage, get your nose into something contrary to where you normally find yourself. The cdc is not God and neither is the WHO…you have lost any ability to reason or think critically.
It saddens me to see so many ignore the science that has elevated our civilization to where it is now whether it be climate change deniers or anti vaxxers. Sadly the general populous will pay the price when dealing with polio or other eradicated disease outbreaks in unvaccinated populations or supply chain interruptions or disasters caused by climate change.
There’s no evidence that the body can detox aluminum adjuvants. In fact, the reason it is used in vaccines is that the body has no method of removing it from cells and it remains as an irritant, essentially forever. I mentioned to you before of the British man who came down with polio-like symptoms following vaccination, and for ten years doctors said is was coincidence. Finally, a biopsy of some leg muscle tissue was done and they found the aluminum adjuvent deep inside the muscle fibers. Coincidence my a$$!
Taylor: Vaccines are to 100% hoax. They don’t work. The history you have read has been rewritten to give the impression that they do. Dr Suzanne Humphries spent 4 years researching the history of vaccination and reported her findings in her book Disolving Illusions. Vaccines are pure poision. The children vaccinated the most, have the highest hospitalization rates. I know there are a lot of pharma sponsored studies that you are assuming are not fraudulent. Trouble is they are fraudulent. They’re created to sell product. The vaccine industry is a 33 billion dollar per year industry. People who say there’s no money in vaccines are quite gullible. Even people who have gone to medical school have been fooled. The few courageous doctors who speak the truth are attacked as unscientific, when their science is more rigorous than most. Vaccines have never saved one life. But, they do spread disease. Vaccine makers know this, and know that it’s good for business. The more vaccines they sell, the most disease that is spread by them, and then they use that to scare people into taking more vaccinations! When you parents told you about Santa Claus, they knew they were fooling you, but they did it for fun. Vaccine makers know their products don’t work, but they fool you for profit. If you never mature intellectually to the point of seeing through their hoax, it would be like growing into adulthood and still believing in Santa. We who have researched vaccines and see the big picture of what’s going on understand that you still believe in Santa Vaccine, but are simply saying it’s time to let go of that fantasy. Health does not come from a pill or a shot. Health comes from proper diet, exercise, fresh air, natural light, positive mental attitude, sense of purpose in life, sense of community, etc. You can’t ignore all of that and expect a shot to magically keep you well.
“sunshine” I am Canadian and here vaccines are free so there is no disincentive to having your child vaccinated. That being said, if you lived here you would probably be arrested and have your children taken away and you would be charged with child abuse at the very least. Personally I wish there was a legal charge for being BONE HEADED STUPID. Then we could be free of you morons.
Sifting through this thread is painful. To few are speaking truth and those who are speaking it, have left a wealth of information to anyone looking for a starting point. Nice job to brothersun and sunshine, I agree with much of what you’ve offered and appreciate the variety of topics. To those who antagonistically reply, you do not further your cause, you divide the truth. Brothersun said it best, no vaccines ever saved anyone. Stop pouncing on those who know what they’re talking about, just because your level of knowledge is inferior, does not give you the right to be so argumentative and insulting. I think sunshine strived with you a lot longer than most. She has reason to believe the way she does and you, with your mean spirited replys are just over the top.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/722190/parents-fear-vaccines-after-child-dea... I suppose ever single one of these parents a whack jobs too. Unfortunately, they had to have this sort of tragedy happen to their child…but they are now wide awake. And some are stating never again will they ever vaccinate their children. You really can’t call the whole population of people who choose not to vaccinate whacks. We don’t call ourselves anti vaxxers, you coined that term. It’s the same illogic to the pro life debate, we say pro life…you call it pro choice…you can call anything what you want, but it does not change the truth about it. To a pro life person, we sit back and chuckle about the nonsense that you come up with. How about pro life and pro death….especially when that choice leads to a murdered baby. What about the baby’s right to choose. You don’t scream pro choice then… Again, that mind set is the problem…why do you call us who choose not to vax, anti vaxxers? And you say it like it’s so wicked and something to be shunned. It’s an informed choice, it’s health freedom and not entered into lightly. I began this quest for truth in 1995 at the birth of my first child. I dint have google, there were no cell phones, no one had a computer. I sought out the research, and I collected it through the years. My process to uncover the vaccine hoax all started with a gut feeling. I’m so glad I followed it. You people who parrot out the same rhetoric, all google or do your little pubmed and the way you flaunt your pubmed, should embarrass you…it is peer reviewed, it is no authority. I could write a pubmed and have it published easily. Protect your children people…stop overwhelming their body with poison!
I respectfully disagree that vaccines have never saved anyone. The fact that I grew up absent of the fear of polio and life spent in an iron lung as my parents generation or the horrors of small pox is a testament to that. I fear the absence of these horrors has fostered a false sense of safety. My trust of vaccines stems from simple, irrefutable biology. The immune system prevents these diseases via antibodies and there are two ways to acquire these antibodies and the protection they give us. First is from breastfeeding and the second is from exposure to these viruses. Personally, I would prefer my children to be exposed to a weakened form of the virus to gain immunity via vaccination instead of risking them a lifetime of pain and suffering. (Or a shortened life for that matter) From a pro vaccine standpoint, your position comes off as a gamble on whether your children will be exposed to these viruses or not with their life and well being as the betting chips.
I really think the answer now is to cultivate live strains of any disease that can be vaccinated against and just apply them to every surface people might touch. I hear measles are quite torturous even if they fail to be lethal. Just remind your child they are suffering now because you loved them so much and your mind was so open it fell out of your head. The problems will sort themselves and iron lung sales will go through the roof. In fact I think I’ll find out if anybody still makes an iron lung and buy stocks.
How many of you all knowing and informed adults are up to date on every single one of the vaccines you think you’re protected against. Vaccines don’t provide lifelong protection, you will forever need your booster, what a cash cow. Would really like an honest answer. I’m sure with the aggressive vaccine schedule that is currently mandates, not a single one of you are up to date on your booster shots! Such hypocrites. Again, you can’t have it both ways. So many useless vaccines out there…if they did work even for a little period of time, they all wear out. Why is it that the outbreaks we see occurring now, are in the freshly vaccinated population.My husband used to get the flu shot via mandatory military, and I would get the flu. He finally figured out how to side step the mandatory vaccines and never more did we deal with the problems associated from the vaccine.
I am happy to say I and my own are up to date and thank you for your concern. As for supposed outbreaks, I have not had the flu ever and I attribute this to vaccines while I assume you would say it is good luck but the truth is I am willfully exposing myself to a weakened form of the virus so I can build immunity but strains like the flu are problematic due to the rate of mutation in the virus’ RNA that can lead to changes in the function of the virus, hence why there is a new immunization every year.
Just curious, did you have your mmr booster, chicken pox booster, tetanus booster, hep b booster…have you tried out your shingles vax? What are you up to date on, if you don’t mind?
Tetanus, hep and mmr as well as meningitis. I had chicken pox as a child so it is already inside me which could lead to shingles since they are the same virus but fortunately my age group is not prone to shingles. And the annual $7 flu vaccine I mentioned previously.
Not that I am advocating it or indeed even want to see it, but it would be interesting to see the legal proceedings if a child died from polio or a similar disease after not receiving vaccines and the parents were prosecuted for willful negligence leading to death. I feel many of these issues would be resolved then but I am a science teacher, not a lawyer.
And thanks to people like you, your children and others get sick. Don’t you understand herd immunity? If nobody can catch something, then it can’t get passed to the few people who actually can’t get the shots. If there is a critical mass of people like you, then infectious diseases can spread. Would you like your kids to have smallpox? Because if you were around fifty years ago, we would still have the disease that wiped out probably 80% of native Americans, effectively depopulating the prairies enough to where white people could take the land.
Why do you like killing other people’s children?
This. Thisthisthisthisthis. Thanks for that comment.
Peter, you’ve hit the nail on the head with your comment. The anti-vaxers like Sunshine will never see the connection because they don’t want to. It’s clear from the poorly worded, misspelled posts that something’s amiss, and that something won’t allow reason to rule the thought process.
Uh. How has no one noticed Sunshine’s alternate usernames one here? My favorite post is where she forgets what name she’s signed in with and congratulates herself on being such a wise and visionary contributor. Brilliant. Can’t script this stuff. http://alumni.berkeley.edu/comment/17701#comment-17701
What disease causes people to reject common sense, because it seems to be spreading in parts of the west coast. Yes, I am talking about you, Sunshine, and people like you. I wonder why Dorit Reiss spends so much of her valuable time with well thought out arguments, presented to people like you. It’s laying pearls before swine.
I am not California west coast moonshine. Dorit is a massive cog in the wheel. She is devils advocate and she is a policy maker. She is paid big bucks to sit there and appear authoritive and all knowing. She is a pharmaceutical/governmental agenda advancing the cause to endless laws and endless vaccines. You are fee to believe what you want, with the internet at your fingertips, you have an endless library of knowledge, tap into it. Stop wasting your time trying to make those of us who adamantly disagree with your views look like idiots. So what if I’m an idiot in your eyes….moonshine,mi know the truth and have used it as a call to action, I live by what I say and I steer my family right. It’s people like you who could greatly beepnefit from uncovering the truth. Stop watching mainstream media….get rid of your cable all together, it’s called “programming ” for a reason! Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and start looking for the truth. I entered Into this debate twenty years ago, I didn’t care one way or the other WHAT THE TRUTH WAS, I just wanted to truth. In my call to action, I speK to young mothers, mothers who are pregnant, elderly people, parents of teenage girls who are contemplating gardasil…I have NEVER encountered the attitude and rudeness in real life like I have in a thread such as this. This thread is not a clear representation of the he General population, it is a screen for people to hide behind with their off the cuff remarks and whiny rudeness. For every 5 people I share, show and metor the truth to, 3 out of those 5 choose to stop vaccinating or choose to never start! I tell them about the fear mongering all authoritive people they will encounter the mindless sheep they will encounter, the status quo people, I teach them how to stand their ground and not fall for the fear. I show the the real science, the ingredients, what organizations say about those ingredients and while sharing this with people of faith, when I inform them there is human diploid in a vaccine, I show them how that is derived from an aborted fetus and that usually seals that deal. When I show them all the other ingredients, they had no clue. At this point, it is a matter of conscience for them. They go to bed and wrestle with whether or not they should inject their children with known neurotoxins. When they wake up in the morning, always, they become immersed into the vaccine debate, they become solidified in their decision to not vax. After time, they are so angry that anyone would inject them with toxic sludge and they can’t believe they fell for it. I’m doing my part, this is where the real work is. Your opinions, insults and condescension would never stop me from speaking the truth!
You make the common misperception that people with absolutely no understanding of science make: that theory is weaker than your beliefs. Since you obviously don’t understand WHAT theory is, in scientific terms (and legal/judiciary), let me TRY to explain it to you. A theory is a set of largely provable statements, based upon the experience regarding the theory. That is a VERY simple way of describing theory. Theory does NOT mean “guess” or “hypothesis.” A theory is well supported facts used to make rational and reasonable predictions. The fact that you rely on no statements of fact, no accepted theory, or even rational science, makes your claims about vaccines even more spurious. I hope you are never responsible for your child’s death or someone else’s child dying. But bear in mind, if you choose not to vaccinate, and child in the same community dies from what you chose not to vaccinate for, part of that death is ON YOU.
Also, lest you come off as a total idiot, it is “peers” not “piers”.
Thank you for an interesting and timely article. I just make two suggestions. First, since the decision to vaccinate or not is basically a risk-balancing decision, it would be good to have information on the numbers of deaths and other health risks due to pertussis infection as well the numbers of adverse reactions to the vaccines. It is also good to give sources for all numbers, including those used to prepare graphs and other quantitative illustrations.
Herd-immunity protects children with Leukemia who are too sick to be vaccinated and could die of something as common as chicken pox. Not vaccinating your children because of unfounded fears about the safety of vaccines is an absolute horror for those families. Do those children’s lives mean nothing to you?
anyone disbelieving in the countless incidences of children developing brain damage and regressing with Autism like disorders within hrs or days of a slew of vaccines needs to reevaluate their entire belief system and how they form their world views. They are suffering from server cognitive dissonance of some kind. They have become so subservient to their perceived source of authority that they have lost the ability to think critically for themselves anymore. forget about vaccines for a moment, this is root of all problems today.
Hi Sunshine, what you say is very true. None of us here have been involved in actual studies, we rely on the internet to backup our belief system. “Studies” of some kind exist anywhere to support a view point. The big difference is that some people simply have more common sense and ability to critically think for themselves , while others are deeply programmed to only believe news & info from their “trusted” news source. They instantly dismiss anything that conflicts with their world view. Let them vaccinate and eat roundup ready salads but when they f with me & my kids, that’s crossing the line!
This discussion about the lack of efficacy of the Pertussis vaccine should not be used used to malign non-medical exemptions. The number of fully vaccinated yet still susceptible individuals exceeds those who opt out of the vaccine by choice. Sometimes by magnitudes, as recent research shows the adolescent TDaP efficacy to be 74% the first year and dropping to 34% by year 2 to 4. The PBE rate in CA is only 2.54%, therefore the maximum downward pressure on vaccination rates that PBE can apply is 2.54%. 100% - 2.54% still leaves 97.46%. The PBE holders are statistically insignificant. In WA state only 2.9% of children are opted out of completing the full 5 of 5 DTaP series from all types of exemptions combined- medical, personal, and religious. 100% - 2.9% = 97.1% I suspect the Author is ignorant of the manner in which exemption use is measured and tracked, and apparently also the distortion of data that occurs in using percentage measurement in small populations. CA requires 16 injections for Kindergarten entry. An exemption is required to opt out of any single injection. Exemption use is tracked in an “all or nothing” fashion, meaning that if a child is opted out of only a single injection of the 16 the CA DPH measures them as “100% exempt” even though they are 93.75% vaccinated by injection count. I believe the author is parroting the assertion , “Particularly there are pockets in the states of Washington and Oregon and California, including here in Northern California but also in Southern California, where as many as 20 or 30 percent of parents are opting out of vaccinating their children against pertussis.”, without actually examining the reports himself to determine the cause of the measurement of “high” rates. Fieldbrook Elementary in Humboldt County has an “18%” Kindergarten exemption rate. The Kindergarten has 22 kids, each child who is less than 16/16 shots is 4.5% of the class, so this “18%” is 4 kids. In CA Trinity county has only 114 Kindergartners, with each Kindergartner who is less than 16/16 injections impacting the PBE rate by .87%, ten kids giving the county an 8.7% exemption rate. LA County has 130,000 Kindergartners, so obviously the per child impact on PBE rates makes any comparisons unusable. In WA state there are 6 school districts with a PBE rate 20% plus. The two highest have a total of 28 students between them- all grades K to 12. 14 students each. Meaning a single child who is less than 16 of 16 injections, or 17 of 17 injections for 6th to 12th grade, counts as 7.14%. So these terrifying “20%” plus districts are really isolated, single school organizations where 3 of the kids has less then every shot. One district has a “50%” Kindergarten exemption rate, because it is 2 kids, one of whom is less than 16 of 16 injections. There are 8 districts in WA with Kindergarten PBE exemption rates over 20%. The entire group is 88 kids over all of the districts, only 1 district has more than 10 Kindergartners. Percentage measurement should not be used in populations this small, particularly with the inclusion criteria to be exempt is missing 1 of 16 injections. This is a manufactured issue.
Bravo! Very well said!!!!
It’s not a scientific article, just plain propaganda and stupidly put together, nothing in this article reflect reality. Pharma boy wrote this one.
Sunshine, just wanted to let you know I skimmed your comments and am happy that you are offering another viewpoint to this pro-industry article. I don’t agree with every one of your points, but I am a health professional and biologist who has done the research and decided not to vaccinate my family based on the available evidence. It isn’t a popular position these days but many of my colleagues share it with me off the record. To contribute something further, this article fails to mention that most new cases of pertussis are actually type B (or sometimes even vaccine-strain). The currently available vaccine has been shown to actually make the recipient MORE susceptible to this strain when compared to an unvaccinated individual. Further, cocooning is problematic in that recently vaccinated adults will often asymptomatically shed the virus thus exposing and possibly infecting the newborn they are trying to protect. In addition, some of the limited safety studies done have been admittedly falsified.
CHOP has some good information. But, when they say that a child will “receive” more Aluminum from breast milk than from vaccines, I believe they are intentionally misleading people. If you account for the fact that most oral Al is not absorbed, you find that a child will receive much more from vaccines. This intentional deception might make people wonder about other assertions that they make. What’s it called? Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus?
If vaccines are as safe as you proclaim, why is there a special court to adjudicate vaccine injury and death claims? No other consumer product on the planet has this kind of protection. Furthermore, 7 people were killed by Takata air bags and they were removed from the market and the company was fined $70 million. Whereas, according to the CDC, the RotaTeq vaccine has killed over 200 infants and it’s still being used and no fine was paid. How is that possible?
CALLING FOR A CEASE FIRE: Please stop citing herd immunity when using as an argument to support vaccination. All you need to know about herd immunity is it’s based on natural immunity, when the population all get the disease and recover - they will never get it again and new population are protected by herd immunity. Vaccines offer WANING and TEMPORARY immunity so unless individuals get titers testing you don’t know who is immune and who isn’t so you can’t assess the herd’s immunity to said disease. **Most every adult who I know has NOT had vaccine boosters in DECADES so we are all **gasp!** considered unvaccinated!** Vaccines are a joke! I’m educated and I know more than most people who vaccinate. Challenge given: Please research vaccines!
CALLING FOR A CEASE FIRE: Please stop citing herd immunity when using as an argument to support vaccination. All you need to know about herd immunity is it’s based on natural immunity, when the population all get the disease and recover - they will never get it again and new population are protected by herd immunity. Vaccines offer WANING and TEMPORARY immunity so unless individuals get titers testing you don’t know who is immune and who isn’t so you can’t assess the herd’s immunity to said disease. **Most every adult who I know has NOT had vaccine boosters in DECADES so we are all **gasp!** considered unvaccinated!** Vaccines are a joke! I’m educated and I know more than most people who vaccinate. Challenge given: Please research vaccines!

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