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Almost 20% of Fully Vaccinated Children with Persistent Cough "Have Whooping Cough"

Whooping Cough Vaccine

Story at-a-glance -

  • Twenty percent of UK children with persistent cough were diagnosed with whooping cough, including 18 percent who were fully vaccinated against it
  • In the US, one out of 132 whooping-cough patients, 81 percent were fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine
  • Whooping cough is a cyclical disease and natural increases tend to occur every 4-5 years no matter how high the vaccination rates are in a population.
  • Pertussis (DTaP/Tdap) vaccines used in the U.S. and many countries lose much of its effectiveness after just three years, which is much faster than previously believed
  • The Tdap booster shot, recommended for older children and adults, is only 53 percent to 64 percent effective, which the researchers described as only “moderately” effective

By Dr. Mercola

In the US, from January 1 to June 16, 2014, there have been nearly 10,000 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a 24 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2013. The CDC maintains that the best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated, but this deserves a closer look.


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