California Experiences Epidemic Numbers of Pertussis (JUNE 2014)

coughCalifornia reported 3,458 cases of pertussis by June 10 for 2014 and 800 cases in the last 2 weeks of June. There were 2 infant deaths.  We worry the most about infants and the frail and very elderly.  Pertussis cases peak every 3-5 years and it seems we are about to experience another peak.  This information, along with the fact that Australia with it’s 22 million population had 142,000 cases from 2008 to 2012  suggests we are entering a new and more dangerous time with regards to pertussis. 

It will be more important than ever for those families with infants (especially the first 4-6 months) to avoid indoor crowds, air travel, and people who are ill with colds or coughs.  The current recommendation to vaccinate every pregnant woman, while likely reducing the deaths in the USA by a few, will poison an entire generation of unborn children with the 170-330 micrograms of aluminum contained in the pertussis vaccines. While the official recommendation is that you get the TdaP while pregnant, if it were my wife or daughter making that decision I would take my chances with pertussis (death rate likely 1 in 10,000,000) rather than a guaranteed poisoning of my unborn child. Unfortunately, there are no studies, (NONE), showing the long term safety of injecting this huge dose of aluminum into a pregnant mom or pregnant animal.  If you choose not to get the TdaP while pregnant, it is important that you make this decision with full awareness of the risks of vaccinating and the risks of not vaccinating. 

For a previous blog on this topic, read here…



Dr. Paul





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