Originally published January 10 2015
Whooping cough explodes in California as researchers admit vaccines are failing
by Daniel Barker
(NaturalNews) The worst whooping cough epidemic in seven decades has hit California this year, with nearly 10,000 cases having been reported by the end of November
Experts are warning that the vaccine currently being used to prevent the disease is partly to blame for the outbreak.
A whooping cough, or pertussis, vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, but only after the mortality rate from the disease had already begun to decline sharply, likely due to better care of infected patients and the natural development of immunity. The vaccine appeared to be effective in reducing the incidence of pertussis, but it also produced significant side effects, including pain and swelling.
In the 1990s, a new whooping cough vaccine replaced the old version. The new vaccine has fewer side effects but does not provide the same long-term protection against the illness that the previous one did. A new study also indicates that the replacement vaccine may not prevent the spread of the disease.
The disease is caused by bacterial infection and was responsible for thousands of deaths each year before the first vaccine was developed, although now it rarely proves to be life-threatening.
While it may not be considered deadly, a case of whooping cough is often quite uncomfortable or painful for its victim -- the disease gets it name from the "whooping" sound sufferers make while trying to catch their breath between uncontrollable coughs.
There has been one reported death of an infant attributed to this year's outbreak. In 2010 (the disease peaks in cycles of three to five years), 10 deaths were reported -- and in 2014 the total number of cases in California is expected to well exceed that of 2010.
2013 was the worst year in six decades for the rest of the nation, in terms of whooping cough cases. More than 48,000 cases were reported, along with 18 deaths. This year, the nationwide number has dropped to around 20,000, while California has seen a steep increase in cases.
The rate of infection for infants and teens is on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that high numbers of cases among teens may become the "new normal" unless a another vaccine is developed or a "more effective vaccination strategy" is implemented. Many would challenge that assumption, however.
Although vaccines may have a legitimate role to play, it has become increasingly evident that there are often serious drawbacks associated with their use as well as limitations to their effectiveness, which the whooping cough epidemic has proven.
Certain vaccines have been proven to be more deadly than the diseases they were designed to prevent. In the case of whooping cough, there are alternative treatments that work quite well, such as the use of vitamin C, but the medical industry has no interest in promoting them.
Big Pharma seems more interested in pushing its vaccines than in actually curing people. After all, the global vaccine industry is worth billions of dollars each year.
The efficacy of flu vaccines, for example, has been proven to be far lower than what we have been led to believe. Adverse reactions to vaccines are far more common than the industry would like to admit, and there have been many cases of poisonous contaminants being found in vaccines, which in some instances have caused serious illnesses, deaths and birth defects.
The vaccine debate is a complex one: On the one hand, there are those with legitimate concerns over their effectiveness and safety; on the other hand, there are those who would argue that, without vaccines, the world would be a much more dangerous place to live in.
There is certainly a need for further consideration, and chances are that those who take the extreme view of either side of the debate may be somewhat misguided.
A valid dialogue on the subject should not be overly influenced by those who profit from the manufacturing and sales of vaccines. Additionally, a more critical examination of the industry as a whole is needed before an acceptable balance can be achieved regarding the overall benefits and drawbacks of administering vaccines in general.
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