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What makes whooping cough epidemiology so complex is that nobody has a grasp on who has whooping cough. :duh

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2015/10/01/doctors-say-whooping-cough-often-misdiagnosed/

After seeing three doctors, Rebekah finally got a diagnosis of whooping cough from an infectious disease specialist. Rebekah says because her daughter had been vaccinated, her Baltimore-based doctors did not believe her daughter could have whooping cough.

“She was vaccinated, she had all of her vaccinations at the right times,” Stutzman said.
 

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What makes whooping cough epidemiology so complex is that nobody has a grasp on who has whooping cough. :duh

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2015/10/01/doctors-say-whooping-cough-often-misdiagnosed/
I'm actually just so flabbergasted that doctors are NOT suspecting whooping cough at the top of the list. I mean, we've all read the same lit. We all know what the situation is out there right now (bacteria evolving away from the vaccine, bacteria preferring previously vaccinated, older hosts, asymptomatic carriers, people with "mild" coughs that don't fit the clinical description, limitations of the effectiveness of the vaccine).

I mean, I was told, "It can't be whooping cough, you were fully vaccinated," back in 1987. I thought GPs were a little more aware these days.
 

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Stories like this one certainly make studies that talk about the unvaxed being many times more likely to be diagnosed with whooping cough look silly. Unless they just take a few thousand people and test everyone to see who is carrying the bacteria, they have no idea who has it and who doesn't nor who is spreading it and who is not spreading it.
 

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It is this thinking that killed ten babies in Northern CA in 2010 - the babies were not vaccinated as they were too young for the first vaccine at two months and they lived in strongly vaccinated communities, so no nonvaxers were around to be blamed.

But doctors who were not accustomed to diagnosing a baby with whooping cough had to admit that their ignorance delayed diagnosis and consequential treatment of these children and lead to their deaths.
 
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