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http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Whooping-cough-is-hitting-kids-hard-in-Buffalo-County--214433541.html

 

Quote: Doctors say whooping cough hits young children the hardest.

“We want people to understand just because you're vaccinated doesn't mean with pertussis that you're fully protected,” explained Rombalski.

 

Quite surprising to read this in a newspaper article. Brave statement!

 

 

 

 

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/04/health/allergies-or-whooping-cough-bangor-mom-warns-parents-about-contagious-illness/

 

 

This one is all pro-vaccine even though it apparently failed badly and I don't really believe the statement that if vaccinated it causes a milder case of pertussis. At least it did not with that poor 14y/o in my opinion.

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http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampshire/increase-in-whooping-cough-cases-in-northampton

 

 

This one is from beginning of June in Mass.

 

 

Nobody seems to get their figures right. Here the statement is that the efficacy rate is 80-85% in the article above from Wis. it is only 60-70%. So who is right now? Or are they just making up some numbers?
 

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http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html

 

According to what I just read on the cdc website, they believe it is about 90% at time of 5th injection and wanes down to 70% over the following 5 years. 

 

This source also reiterates the facts that non-vaxxers are not to blame for outbreaks and that the disease cycles and changes and that the vax is not as effective as the older one. But one thing I see is that rates started rising in the early 80s and we didn't switch vaxxes until the 90s. I wonder what the vax rate was at that time.

 

Threadjacking... anyone know if there are outbreaks in Colorado/Wyoming right now? The 4yo has been having cold symptoms for about 3 days and just spent the last hour coughing.

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