Steven, why did you have a TdaP?
I've been interested to read articles recently about vaccine-resistant pertussis/whooping cough.
I find it odd that while it is being acknowledged that "whooping cough may be becoming resistant to vaccines", people are being urged to have repeat TdaP vaccinations with the existing vaccine, e.g. refer to this article "Protecting babies against pertussis: pregnant moms and caretakers need the vaccine".
If there is a new strain of pertussis circulating, what is the point of revaccinating people with the existing vaccine? I question the ethics of this.
I also question revaccination of children with this vaccine, i.e. as recommended by the CDC schedule.
The USA Today article also warns that "the protection offered by the whooping cough vaccine fades more quickly than previously thought". I really have a problem with this concept of a vaccine that provides ‘protection’ that 'fades'. Is this what passes for the science of immunisation?
Here's another interesting quote from the USA Today article: "Part of the difficulty in producing a better whooping cough vaccine stems from the fact that researchers know relatively little about the bacteria itself, at least compared with germs such as measles, Schaffner says. Doctors don't know why, for example, even people "naturally" infected with whooping cough may become reinfected a decade or so later. In comparison, people who catch measles or chickenpox don't typically get those infections again." (My emphasis.)
It seems to me there's a lot that researchers don't know about vaccines, but this doesn't stop them pressing an increasing number of questionable vaccines (e.g. pertussis/whooping cough ‘boosters’, annual flu vaccines, HPV vaccination etc) upon people in a most cavalier manner.
Based on my current knowledge (as detailed in my letter to the Australian Federal Minister for Health re the MMR vaccine), it seems likely that one effective dose of live measles vaccine will provide life-time immunity. That's my idea of immunity. But vaccines (e.g. whooping cough, flu vaccines) that provide ‘protection’ that 'fades'? That doesn't qualify as immunity in my book, and repeated vaccination with these dodgy vaccines is highly questionable.
I suggest ‘recommendations’ to revaccinate with the current DtaP vaccine should be subjected to scrutiny, including issues re lack of informed consent.
Over-vaccination – Challenging Big Pharma’s over-vaccination of people and animals