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Old 05-19-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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...back to Pertussis for a sec...

 

A friend of mine had a baby last August, they were all (mother, father and baby) vaccinated with DTaP and at 4 months the baby got Pertussis. It was definitely challenging, but they got through it. Needless to say, the vaccine will not protect you.


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This is a curious thread as my extended family is dealing with pertussis.  Our pediatrician actually refused to test for pertussis and said that all extended coughs were being diagnosed as pertussis in unvax'd kids.  So I am wondering about how accurate the numbers of actual pertussis cases are here in WA state.
 

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This is a curious thread as my extended family is dealing with pertussis.  Our pediatrician actually refused to test for pertussis and said that all extended coughs were being diagnosed as pertussis in unvax'd kids.  So I am wondering about how accurate the numbers of actual pertussis cases are here in WA state.

 


Well, there are quite a few reasons, partly financial and partly political, for refusing laboratory confirmation. As a doctor said in the article linked in the OP, few stakeholders consider routine lab testing to be financially savvy; it costs more to do that than to get everyone vaccinated with a vaccine that may or may not work.

Politically, refusing lab confirmation for unvaxxed or undervaxxed people helps manipulate the numbers in an ideologically pleasing manner; it can help hide or at least minimize the fact that most of the cases in this outbreak are occurring in vaxxed individuals. It also helps inflate the overall number of pertussis cases, thereby helping the state get federal funding.

Either way, it involves replacing facts with anecdotes.. You LOOK like you MIGHT have pertussis, so let's go ahead and dx you that way....

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I have a totally unvaccinated child and when she got a respiratory virus 2 weeks ago the FIRST thing her ped did was send her for a PCR nasal swab. So I imagine it differs with each doctor. She did try to get us to give her a Z pack but I told her we would rather wait until the culture came back as I don't take antibiotics lightly. I told her we would remain quarantined until the results (which were negative) came back 5 days later.

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