No. They are not.
This issue rears its head repeatedly in our discussions, so I decided to give it its own thread.
From Ann Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control:
We know there are places around the country where there are large numbers of people who aren't vaccinated. However, we don't think those exemptors are driving this current wave. We think it is a bad thing that people aren't getting vaccinated or exempting, but we cannot blame this wave on that phenomenon. Next question.
From Jeff Diamond of the Centers for Disease Control:
While pertussis and its prevention is complex, speculations that current outbreaks may be due to vaccine refusal do not hold up, said CDC spokesman Jeff Dimond. “The numbers don't support that argument," Dimond said. "There's no cause and effect relationship there."
It is true, at least according to the first link, that the unvaccinated are 8 times more likely to catch whooping cough. But epidemiologists have been unable to pinpoint the unvaccinated as the source of transmission.
There is a dangerous tendency among policy-makers—and the medico-industrial complex that lobbies them—to take away the right to informed consent in vaccine decision-making based on the misconception that the unvaccinated are causing the spread of whooping cough. But this underlying assumption is patently false.
I realize that there is some speculation in this forum that despite these words from top public health officials, the unvaccinated must somehow be the responsible party for the spread of pertussis. This is one of those cases, however, in which I am going to take the word from the Centers for Disease Control, an agency that cannot possibly have anything to gain from this admission.
If you care about preserving or even gaining the right to informed consent, please bookmark this thread. When you correspond with your senators and representatives, even link them to it!