A collection of mainstream news reports and studies exploding the whooping cough vaccine myth

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"District Dealing With Outbreak Of Whooping Cough In Schools"


Keifer told 69 News there have been five cases. De Benedictis said most children have been vaccinated against pertussis. "Either it's worn off or there's something defective in the vaccine, but it is an effective vaccine basically," De Benedictis explained.


Grand Island has whooping cough outbreak


All three cases were laboratory-confirmed. All three children were current on vaccines, Vap said. "They all have five doses (of pertussis vaccine), so we are not exactly sure why they contracted the disease," Vap said.


Number of whooping cough cases on the rise in La Crosse Co.



LA CROSSE, Wis.- There's a big jump in the number of whooping cough cases in the La Crosse area and health officials are expecting more as it spreads.

There are 12 confirmed cases so far this year. To put that in perspective, in 2009 there were only 2 cases throughout the entire year.

Health officials say the cases of whooping cough this time around are somewhat unusual.

"Unfortunately the cases that we've had have been immunized and so we're not really sure how it's being spread so well and so fast, but we are investigating that right now," says La Crosse Co. Public Health Nurse Traci Lien.


Whooping cough in school age children with persistent cough: prospective cohort study in primary care


"(85.9%) of these children had been fully immunised."


Whooping cough outbreak puzzles Lincoln officials


"Whooping cough has reached outbreak status in Lincoln County..There have been 25 cases...23 of them coming from the school...Since all students are required to be vaccinated against the disease before they can attend school and even a single case is considered uncommon, health and school officials are baffled by the outbreak at the school."


Dr. Tenpenny's latest article:




mainstream site:



* It is unknown whether immunizing adolescents and adults against pertussis will reduce the risk of transmission to infants. 3

3. Bisgard KM, Pascual FB, Ehresmann KR, et al. Infant pertussis: Who was the source? Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004;23:985-989.


More kids' hospital doctors get whooping cough



The hospital says the doctors have contracted the infection despite keeping their vaccinations up to date.

Dr Brian Wheatley, from the hospital, concedes vaccination is not always effective.


Vaccinated People Getting Whooping Cough In San Diego:


SAN DIEGO — A KPBS investigation has raised questions about how effective the whooping cough vaccine is in preventing people from getting sick. Nearly two out of three people diagnosed with whooping cough in San Diego County this year, were fully immunized.

California is in the midst of the worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. Thirty six hundred people in the state have been diagnosed with the disease. Eight babies have died since January.

KPBS examined data from San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency. Of the 332 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the county so far this year, 197 of the people who got sick were up to date with their immunizations. That's nearly 2 out of 3 cases.


Is Whooping Cough Vaccine Working?


(please see graph at link that goes with info below)

UTD = up-to-date with age appropriate pertussis vaccinations by immunization record review or parent report

NUTD = not up-to-date with age appropriate pertussis vaccinations

PBE = personal belief exemption reported by parent and/or physician

UNK = unknown

TDAP DUE = any child 11-18 years old who had only 5 pertussis containing immunizations with no Tdap noted

(source: San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency)


Mainstream study out of the Netherlands:

Reemergence of Pertussis in the
Highly Vaccinated Population of
the Netherlands: Observations on
Surveillance Data


"The increase in pertussis incidence was higher among vaccinated than among unvaccinated persons of all ages."


Many whooping cough victims have been immunized; Experts spar over prospects of new disease strain


Check out the pie charts at the bottom of the story from several different counties.


Whooping cough strain now immune to vaccine


The bacteria that causes whooping cough has mutated, eroding the protection provided by the vaccine now given to children, scientists warned yesterday.

Our findings suggest that the use of the acellular vaccine may be one factor contributing to these genetic changes."


Even those fully vaccinated can still get whooping cough, health official says


TERRE HAUTE — Those fully vaccinated for whooping cough can still get the disease, says an epidemiologist with the Indiana State Department of Health.

“We do see cases of kids appropriately vaccinated who still get the disease,” said Angie Cierzniewski, a state vaccine preventable disease epidemiologist.

A Clay County woman knows first-hand that a pertussis vaccination doesn’t eliminate the possibility of someone getting pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The woman, who did not want her name used, said four children in her family became infected with the disease, and the child that first developed it — her 4-year-old — did have the required doses for her age.

She said two of her children had the required number of doses, a 2-year-old was not vaccinated because of low immunity and other reasons and the oldest, an 8-year-old, was lacking one of the required doses of the vaccination.

The Clay County woman said health authorities had incorrect information that her children contracted the disease because they were not immunized. She wants people to realize they can contract the disease even if they are immunized. “I feel the public may have a false sense of security,” she said.


Charlotte Observer article ADMITS all 16 whooping cough cases WERE vaccinated


Rare cough on rise in area

Gaston County public health officials fight outbreak of whooping cough; 16 cases reported since August

Excerpt from article:

So far, all the reported pertussis cases in Gaston have been people who have had the vaccination for the disease, Hawkins said.