This news flies in the face of scads of articles that have come out in the past few years claiming unvaccinated children are behind whooping cough outbreaks. One such article is Time Magazine's, "Parents Not Vaccinating Kids Contributed to Whooping Cough Outbreaks" reported on back in September. Time cited research published in the Journal of Pediatrics - research that involved at least one author who disclosed financial ties to Big Pharma vaccine makers Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline - the two companies that just so happen to produce all the pertussis vaccines available in the U.S.
(Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits that unvaccinated children are not responsible for whooping cough outbreaks, by the way.)
Scientists have now concluded that the effectiveness of the acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP) available on the U.S. market today wanes after about five years. Apparently the old version of the pertussis vaccine was a whole cell vaccine, which supposedly lasted much longer; however, it was discontinued due to side effects such as inducing chronic neurological problems in some of the children who received it.
With this latest study, baboons recently vaccinated for whooping cough were shown to actually carry the pertussis infection in their throats; although they themselves did not get sick, the vaccinated baboons readily spread the infection to other baboons who were not vaccinated.
The New York Times reports:
"When you're newly vaccinated you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population," said Tod J. Merkel [aka Captain Obvious #1], the lead author of the study, who is a researcher in the Office of Vaccines Research and Review in the Food and Drug Administration.Oh great, they're going to devote a great deal of thought and discussion to it. Good to know.
Scientists said the finding was surprising, and could be a signpost for investigators as they try to improve the vaccines for people.
"If Dr. Merkel is correct, then we need to develop better acellular vaccines," said Dr. Stanley Plotkin [aka Captain Obvious #2], an emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. ... "A great deal of thought and discussion is being devoted to that at the moment," he said.
Each DTaP shot contains the heavy metal aluminum (which bioaccumulates in the body), formaldehyde (great for preserving dead people and apparently awesome for a child's developing brain as well), bovine protein (yummy) and the additive polysorbate 80 which has been linked to gastrointestinal problems, heart attacks, strokes, impaired immunity and tumor growth for starters.
And remember, when anyone is administered a vaccine, it goes straight into the person's bloodstream (and eventually the brain), bypassing the digestive system and thus a large portion of the body's immune system as well.
In the mean time, parents who didn't want to turn their children into the Typhoid Mary of whooping cough are getting the finger pointed at them to shame them into vaccinating their child with a shot that, for starters, isn't even that effective anyway EVEN THOUGH NOT ONE, OR EVEN TWO, BUT FIVE DOSES ARE RECOMMENDED!
That's right, five DTaP shots are recommended - that's five times the aluminum, formaldehyde, bovine protein and polysorbate 80 - and the kids don't even get one of those shirts that says, "I got five DTaP shots and all I got was this lousy shirt, a bunch of aluminum and preservatives in my brain, and the ability to spread whooping cough to all of my friends whose parents didn't make them get five ultimately ineffective DTaP shots" (you know, it had to be printed kinda small to fit it all on the shirt, but that's not the point).