Originally Posted by skeemama
I read in a health newsletter today that this is just a "normal" up-swing of whooping cough. That the increase occurs every few years and this is an UP year.
My take is the vax maker is making this a marketing promotion.
Yes and no.
If you take a look at this chart from the CDC, you will see that pertussis has been on a steady incline since around 2002.
There are definitely peak and valley years however. That has always been the case.
I also read somewhere that the risks of infants catching pertussis seems to be increasing. That the burden seems to be shifting towards it being a disease carried by young infants (who are less likely to be able to deal with it) than children? I did search a bit on the internet for a study, but did not get far. If anyone finds a reputable link, please share.
I did find this from vran (which is quite non-vax) but it still might be worth a read in trying to figure out if the way we vaccinate people is actually shifting the burden of the disease onto babies:
"Our vaccination program seems to have produced generations of mothers whose poor quality vaccine antibodies are unable to protect their babies from whooping cough…. Placental antibodies from natural infection should protect children for that vulnerable first year, particularly if combined with breast feeding….. The high prevalence of vaccination seems to be causing a drift towards a higher incidence of disease caused by the 1, 2 serotype which is more likely to be associated with complications and admission to hospital(21)."
Here is another link:
In any event - yes to the paranoia! The highest count of pertussis incidence is 2010 - with about 27 000 cases.
27 000/310 000 000 means your chances of having a confirmed case of pertussis is 1/11 400 (app).
Of course the vaccine manufacturers are cashing in on this! There is talk of adding in another booster, vaxxing pregnant women, lots of teens now have to get a booster to go to school. Ka$hing!
Edited by kathymuggle - 11/18/12 at 3:52pm