Organizations like the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that the whooping cough vaccine is “the best way to prevent pertussis (whooping cough)”, however the public has been lead to believe there is no effective prevention for the illness.
With whopping cough on the rise in the United States, concerns regarding the effectiveness of the vaccination have surfaced.
How Effective Is The Vaccination?
Most parents assume once a child is vaccinated against a disease they will not get it, however data from a recent BioMedical Journal study indicates the rate of whooping cough is nearly the same in vaccinated children as in unvaccinated children.
In 2012, Dr. David Witt, an infectious diseases specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California, researched the outbreak of whopping cough in his state, expecting to see more whopping cough cases in children that were not vaccinated.
Contradictory to his theory he said “We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children.”
Generally parents are being told that the risks of adverse side effects from receiving any given vaccine are “one in a million”, but does that really hold true?
What Are The Risks Of the Pertussis Vaccination?
Side effects related to the whooping cough vaccine include convulsions, collapse, high fever, encephalitis, high pitched screaming or persistent crying, shock and brain inflammation. Autism and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome are considered possible side effects which are listed on the package inserts of the vaccine itself.
The National Vaccine Information Center lists the vaccines used against whooping cough and also lists the serious risks of each as reported by the manufacturer.
According to NVIC, “As of August 2012, about half of the 2,982 awards for vaccine injury and death totaling nearly $2.5 billion dollars made under the U.S. 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act involve pertussis containing vaccines.”
Some parents are lead to believe there is no possible treatment options for those who contract whooping cough, however, simple measures like taking Vitamin C, staying hydrated and taking probiotics can help protect the body against pertussis.
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