Parents Not Vaccinating Kids Contributed to Whooping Cough Outbreaks

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California’s worst episode of whooping cough, or pertussis, in 2010, likely spread among unvaccinated children to infect 9,210 youngsters.

At first, the outbreak was blamed on waning immunity to the whooping cough vaccine, but new research published in the journal Pediatrics reports that the high number of children who were intentionally unvaccinated also contributed to the rapid spread of the infection.

In recent years, a small but vocal group of parents have decided to either limit the number of vaccines their children receive, or to not immunize their children at all according to recommended national guidelines. Some are concerned about ‘vaccine load,’ and believe that their infants’ still-developing immune systems can get overwhelmed by multiple shots that they receive during one visit to the pediatrician. Others continue to doubt the safety of the immunizations themselves, worried about a connection between the vaccines and a higher risk of autism. But none of these reasons are supported by solid scientific evidence; recent studies showed that receiving several vaccines on a single day was not associated with a higher risk of autism, and the researcher responsible for raising the alarm about shots and autism was discredited.

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Parents opting out of vaccinations concerns public health officials since in addition to the pertussis outbreaks, there are hints that measles cases may also be rising due to parental vaccine refusals. While national childhood immunization rates are good overall, at around 90%, Nina Shapiro, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, crystallized the worry over unvaccinated kids in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times :

Private schools vary widely, but some have rates of less than 20%. Yes, that’s right: Parents are willingly paying up to $25,000 a year to schools at which fewer than 1 in 5 kindergartners has been immunized against the pathogens causing such life-threatening illnesses as measlespolio, meningitis and pertussis (more commonly known as whooping cough). In order for a school to be considered truly immunized, from a public health standpoint, its immunization rate needs to be 90% or higher.

The researchers of the Pediatrics study compared the number of intentionally unvaccinated children who entered kindergarten from 2005 to 2010 to the onset of the whooping cough outbreak in 2010. They were able to identify 39 regional clusters of kids with non-medical reasons for being unvaccinated, and two clusters that were significantly related to rapid spread of whooping cough. Children who are intentionally not vaccinated and become infected with diseases like measles or pertussis, can pass the illness on to those who can’t be immunized, such as babies under six months and those with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients.

The authors hope that the results of their study reaffirm the harms that intentionally not immunizing children can bring — not only to the unvaccinated but to those around them as well.

75 comments
Kellylynn12345
Kellylynn12345

This issue is not an easy one. Watching my 2 daughters suffer from pertussis makes me extremely thankful I had them vaccinated. I struggled making the decision to vaccinate or not because of autism. One of my daughters has asthma which may make her symptoms worse. Watching her not being able to breath and vomit is extremely difficult. This disease is awful. Telling family and friends they may have gotten this from us is heart breaking, even though there was nothing we could do. We didn't know. All I can say is do your research. I know the first thing parents ask me is, " are you kids vaccinated. " I am extremely thankful I can say yes. I pray for my family and all the others that have contacted this awful disease. My cousin may get this from us and he is three months old. I believe this is what people need to think about. What if someone you love, a baby that's not yours dies? What does that do to you and your family? As a parent, and most of all parents just want to do what is best for our kids. Seeing pertussis first hand, I'm so thankful I got my kids vaccinated. Vaccinated kids should not get it as bad or as long as in non-vaccinated kids. I'm so thankful I know the Lord Jesus. I can trust in Him. His grace is how I can sleep at night and be able to face tomorrow.

KenSwaizak
KenSwaizak

why isnt anyone talking about the 1000s of illegal children streaming over the border. im sure this has nothing to do with it.

MaggieMay
MaggieMay

No side effects?  My darling 22 month year old son, had his MMR., Oral Polio, Hib and DPT on a Friday evening.  He died the  next day, less than 24 hours after the immunizations.  Coincidence?  I think not, but that's what the pharmaceutical company claimed.....I miss my baby Thomas everyday.  I had a second son after this horrible event and guess what...no immunizations, ever.  People, the government and pharmaceutical companies and even the doctors are in this together. It's all about money, not the safety of your child.  Your children are gifts, don't let the government mandate these decisions.  Do your own research.

laraza
laraza

@MaggieMay You never bothered to figure out why he died and just assumed it was the immunizations?

Sperkalator
Sperkalator

@laraza @MaggieMay She will not reply.  Said her peace and gone like the wind.  22 month year old....  I get what she was saying and yet I would like to see if they did not try and get data to support their claim.  My grandchild is alive and well.  Wonder if Maggie got her updates on her shots before the child was born, mothers usually do but a lot of other people like grandparents forget to update their whooping cough.

patzivota
patzivota

I'm all for saving children, but when you look at the corrupt ties between our government and the pharmaceutical industry, it seems it's all about making more money for the latter. Don't be surprised when it becomes illegal not to vaccinate our children.


If we're not drugged, they aren't happy. 

NotAllYinOrYang
NotAllYinOrYang

@clgaram720 @patzivota @salamihawk 


If you took longer than thirty seconds to google everything you've ever learned we might actually have informed citizens who know what they are talking about instead of spoon fed sheep that take for truth the first industry paid for propaganda article they find on google.


That being said it's making someone money, you are a fool to throw 2% of the entire industry away as if it's nothing hence the size of the medical industry especially compared to individuals and other industries. Someone is benefiting somehow and that's all that is going to drive it.


Also ANYONE who says this is a "conspiracy-theory" is another sheep repeating the words we were pretty much taught to utter. When you look at how much is suppressed in the industry and research has been PAID for and other research against the CDC has been suppressed you are a fool to believe we are not being lied to at all. Hence the fact that vaccines apparently "show no link between autism and vaccines" when in fact vaccines are neurotoxic to begin with and EVERY shot causes brain inflammation linked to retardation/autism and seizures. EVERY..SINGLE...SHOT. Hence neurotoxic to begin with, it's the nature of vaccines. There is no denying it, it's right there. It's like drinking alcohol and saying you won't get drunk. When you get a vaccine you should EXPECT brain damage whether small or large enough to cause brain damage.


"Unvaccinated children walk sooner, talk sooner, and have a high degree of manual dexterity at an earlier age." 


http://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/neurological_damage.htm

salamihawk
salamihawk

@patzivota You're an idiot. Get out of the conspiracy-theory basement and join the real world.

clgaram720
clgaram720

@patzivota Actually, those of us who have 30 seconds and google at our disposal know that's not true of vaccinations. Only 2 percent of the pharmaceutical industry's profit comes from vaccines. And their production (ie the place almost ALL the costs to them come from) have been subsidized for DECADES. So it costs them almost nothing to produce vaccines (not including research to create the very first one, which is also subsidized) and they make a profit so insignificant compared to the rest of their vast intake of money they could literally quit selling vaccines tomorrow and the DOW wouldn't so much as dip. 

hsiaoi
hsiaoi

The idea of heard immunity assumes two things:  The community that is fully vaccinated is immune to the disease.  The community that is fully vaccinated cannot transmit the disease.  

There have been outbreaks of measles in communities that have been fully vaccinated.  Therefore the first assumption cannot be true.  

The second assumption puts the blame of measles transmission on the unvaccinated population.  There is no unvaccinated population in a fully vaccinated population.  That leads to a second assumption.  There is a transient unvaccinated population that the vaccinated population was exposed to.  But that also assumes that the transient population exposure occurred at a time when the unvaccinated vector was contagious.  After going through the measles illness the unvaccinated vector is no longer contagious.

The immunity given by natural exposure is longer lasting than vaccination immunity. 

I question the idea of heard immunity.  I question whether the outbreaks are really from the unvaccinated population.

radzaaad
radzaaad

So scary. I did what probably no one else in this comments thread did, I actually READ THE SCIENTIFIC PAPER that the article is based on from the Pediatrics Journal. The article was compelling, the study size (9000 children) is a huge sample size, so statistical significance found within such a large sample size is very convincing. Although I don't expect any other people in this comment chain to understand scientific methods and statistical significance, I found the article to be compelling and convincing. The sad thing is, even more people will die because of the anti-vaccine movement than the ones who unfortunately died in this outbreak. "To quote the Pediatric article: >95% of the population must be immune to prevent outbreaks and suppress sustained transmission. Herd immunity must be maintained to reduce risk of disease for those too young to be vaccinated or unable to receive vaccines." In other words, if you don't vaccinate your kid and they contract a disease, your kid can spread it to someone else's baby who is too young to be vaccinated, and you could inadvertently be responsible for killing someone else's baby. That's the problem with the anti-vaccine movement. I wouldn't really care about it if people were only putting their own children's lives at risk. Go ahead and be an idiot, kill your own baby with your stupidity. But they are putting everyone else at risk too. 

hey_mambo
hey_mambo

i've been thinking about this issue for days now, and how all these mommies can be so dumb.  i've decided that humans tend to be more worried about catastrophic downsides to their actions than to their inactions---even if they can both be equally as causative.  


therefore:

"OMG, if that one thing i read that one time is right, then there's a 1 in a million chance that MMR will make my babies head fall off"


actually outweighs


"Hmm, if I don't vax my kids, there is an incrementally larger chance that she will get the disease and infect other kids as well."  


How bout this?  What if the disease in question was 100% fatal?  I'll bet Mommy Dumbest would vax then. 

impossible.
impossible.

@radzaaad Did you miss the part where there's a mere 10% increase in incidence in the NME clusters? Oooo. Scary.

Adult boosters are the answer, not browbeating kids. Sure, get 'em immunized. But it's the lousy DTaP fading and not getting booster'd that's the problem, not child exemption rates.

truthstreamnews
truthstreamnews

Funny, the New York Times is citing a new study today which proves the new whooping cough vaccines that have been around since the 90s are actually causing kids to be asymptomatic CARRIERS. Also, one of the authors from the study cited above disclosed financial ties to Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline...so...ya know...Time is a ridiculous agenda pusher, as always.

ALMS
ALMS

a good solution would be to avoid the mmrs and tdap vaccines and just take them one at a time. so instead of one doctors visit you have 6 of them. isn't it worth minimizing damaging your kids? an example would to take the whooping cough vaccine on one day and the tetanus shot the week after.

melbel
melbel

If you tell people who have kids with Autism, they will tell you of course they will not admit vaccines cause autism. They don't want the people to stop vaccinating their children. They cannot admit it. It would cause panic. My story is that when my son got his MMR he ran a 104.7 temp, rushed him to the hospital. After that he stopped talking. Same thing with some of the children in my son's classroom. Same story, yet some of them had seizures. Coincedence?  Way more kids get autism, than die from not getting the vaccine. Try living with a 10 year old child that is punching holes in the walls and ripping doors off the hinges, injuring himself and others. No one knows what it is like living like this.We(the people who have children with autism) know the truth. And you people will not know until you have seen it with your own eyes. I would rather my children get the chicken pox than to live like we have to live now for the rest of our lives. Trust me, once it happens to you, you just might change your mind...

livingclean
livingclean

@melbel unfortunately people are too scared to believe the liquid inside that vial is toxic and can damage us. I'm sorry your son was harmed by a vaccine, like too many others I know.

AudreGarland
AudreGarland

@audreynlively There are many types of autism.  The type your sister has would be a genetic, the type the other gal is talking about is not. 

audreynlively
audreynlively

Autism is not worse than death. My sister has it, she was born this way. She is a loving kind peaceful member of society. I am sorry you want to blame someone for what happened to your son. But feeling and believing something does not make it truth. And, the unscientific propaganda you spread puts hundred of thousands of babies at risk of death.

madcapfeline
madcapfeline

After having read my own post, I've decided that Poe's Law is in effect. So, just to be clear, that was pure sarcasm. 

madcapfeline
madcapfeline

Duh, chemtrails. We're not vaccinating, so the gub'mint is poisoning us with planes. 

livingclean
livingclean

If your children are vaccinated and vaccines provide immunity then the vaccinated have nothing to worry about... right?? Lets talk about some more research other than the one that people say is discredited... maybe google how vaccines mutate genes... (scientists claim autism is caused by mutated genes and therefore cannot be caused by vaccines) goole all of the court cases where vaccines have been ruled the cause of autism. Or... you can sit here and believe an article in time written by someone who has plagiarized so many other articles because she has no real knowledge on vaccines. Keep the unvaccinated inside -- please, do your research. 

Greyzone
Greyzone

@livingclean Did you read the article? It's putting people TOO young and with compromised immune systems at risk!

madcapfeline
madcapfeline

@livingclean Viruses mutate genes as well, did you know? See, viruses can't reproduce on their own, so they invade their host's DNA and use that to replicate. Once the virus dies off, it's DNA is still replicating with yours. An estimated 8% of the human genome is viral DNA. Genes mutate on their own as well. What the hell do you think cancer is? As far as court cases go, OJ Simpson was acquitted, and a mother of seven just died in jail because they didn't give her her blood pressure medication. She was in jail because she couldn't pay $2000 truancy fines. Specifically Christian prayer allowed in civic council meetings, and Hobby Lobby is allowed to discriminate against their non-child wanting employees. I'll trust the court system to make informed, correct decisions when they show me that the are actually effing capable of doing so. As far as doing your research, citations =/= plagiarism,and only reading websites of dubious scientific quality just because is confirms your preconceived notions is not research.