Giving the Tdap During Pregnancy Associated with Increased Chorioamnionitis (infection)

biglip babyThe JAMA article “Evaluation of the association of maternal pertussis vaccination with obstetric events and birth outcomes,” November 2014 was conducted to see if the new practice of injecting pregnant moms with the Tdap has any negative outcomes. (You can read this here… )

Since this vaccine contains a very large dose of aluminum, the adverse effects I would expect to see would likely show up after infancy.  Hopefully they will continue to follow these children and see if they are neurologically harmed by this neurotoxin exposure during critical brain development periods in the womb. Sadly, the Tdap is now routinely recommended during every pregnancy in the USA.  I say sadly because there have been no safety studies on injecting this amount of aluminum during pregnancy.

This dangerous procedure is now routinely recommended by ACIP to be given between 27 and 35 weeks gestation. As this study points out, “limited safety data exist on Tdap safety during pregnancy”.  One would think it prudent to follow the precautionary principle and not risk injecting this known neurotoxin when safety data is still lacking.

If you are a pregnant mom faced with the choice to inject your unborn baby with the Tdap (and its 170-330 micrograms of aluminum), I recommend that you wait for the safety studies. The rest of the world is happy to wait while US parents risk their unborn children’s brains and lives to this massive experiment.

So what did this study find?

They looked at 123,494 women in California with pregnancies ending in live births. 26,229 (21%) of them received the Tdap, and almost 100,000 did not. They looked only at whether the pregnancies resulted in small-for-gestational age (SGA) births, preterm births, or chorioamnionitis (infections). There were no significant changes for SGA and preterm births.  There was a small but statistically significant increase in chorioamnionitis; 6.1% of vaccinated compared to 5.5% of the unvaccinated.  This amounts to an additional 740 cases of chorioamnionitis due to giving this vaccine.  If we extrapolated this increased rate of chorioamnionitis to the 40 million births in the USA, we would end up with 2,440,000 cases of chorioamnionitis if Tdap was given, and 2,200,000 if not given the Tdap.  Thus giving the Tdap in the US as currently recommended will result in 240,000 additional cases of chorioamnionitis.

As outlined in the article “Chorioamnionitis: epidemiology of newborn management and outcome United States 2008”, (which you can read here… ) this condition is associated with a neonatal death rate of 1.4 in every 1000 live newborn infants compared to 0.81 in every 1000 for newborns without chorioamnionitis. This article concluded that “chorioamnionitis is associated with an increased risk of neonatal mortality”.  The added risk  in the USA, of neonatal death from chorioamnionitis is thus 0.59 in every 1000 which when applied to the added 240,000 cases of chorioamnionitis we will see with the new Tdap recommendation in pregnancy, will result in 142 additional infant deaths.

Should you care about 142 infant deaths that were avoidable? I guess it depends on the benefits of the vaccine.  Remember we are giving this toxic vaccine during pregnancy to reduce neonatal deaths from pertussis. So how many neonatal deaths are there each year in the USA from pertussis?

According to the CDC (found here… ) from 2000- 012 there were 255 deaths from whooping cough in the United States (221 of the 255 were in babies younger than 3 months age).

If we estimate that 240 of these were in infants, then over 12 years that is 20 pertussis deaths a year.  Vaccinating with the Tdap doesn’t prevent all these deaths, so it remains to be seen how many of these 20 deaths a year it might prevent, while killing 142 infants.

In summary, we are killing more babies than we save while injecting a huge dose of a neurotoxin during the brains vulnerable time.  This insane program needs to be stopped.




Dr. Paul





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