More commonly known as Whooping Cough.

I have breathed a sigh of relief as both my boys pass the 4 month mark because I know it is most dangerous in newborns because of how difficult it is for them to cough strongly enough to work up the mucous. This disease was the one I struggled with most as far as wanting to vaccinate and having some fear of leaving my children “unprotected” through those newborn months. If there would be a version of this vaccine that came without diphtheria and tetanus, I would have been even more tempted to get it.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this infection because I think its danger is well known, and this is one where anti-vaxxers and pro-vaxxers actually agree. Maybe not when it comes to treatment and prevention, but the infection itself is commonly agreed upon as very unpleasant even in children who are old enough to deal with it, and quite scary in babies under 3 months of age. So education on the illness itself is not really necessary.

When considering this vaccine for Atticus, I couldn’t bring myself to do it after seeing that the vaccine with the lowest dose of aluminum available contains 330 mcg (the other DTaP contains 850 mcg) of aluminum when the FDA limits aluminum per dose in IV parenteral nutrition to 25 mcg.

The problem with this entire subject, is the vaccine doesn’t work. In fact, it causes more harm (regarding pertussis itself, not to mention all the other things about this vaccine that cause harm) than good, and it always has. There’s proof of driving strains, of creating the wrong antibodies, in the wrong place, with the wrong shape, but I’m not going to get into too many details, because this is probably going to be a long one even though I’m only going to present a fraction of the evidence. Just know that there is a lot more out there, presented by better people than I. And I hope to be the gate you walk through to more and deeper information.

When you catch whooping cough naturally, the fight mainly happens in your lungs. The bacteria enters the bronchial areas, attaches to the base of hairs called cilia and slowly secretes toxins that have a tendency to get ahead of your immune system. This is where my understanding gets fuzzy, but Suzanne Humphries has some amazing lectures on YouTube, complete with slides, if you want to understand more. I DO understand, that when you get the illness naturally, the fight happens on the lung surface, you rarely get a fever because it doesn’t ever get to your blood stream, and you develop 30 years or more immunity. [1] Your entire immune system becomes involved in layers, and when the fight is won, you’re not only immune to whatever strain of pertussis you fought off, you’re immune to them all. If exposed in future, this person will not catch whooping cough, will not shed whooping cough, and will not spread whooping cough, and if this person is a woman, she will protect her babies through breastmilk immunity for as long as they are breastfed. This constitutes REAL herd immunity.

The vaccine, on the other hand, lasts 3 years at most, [2, 3] which is why it is recommended from “womb to tomb”. A baby gets it in the third trimester of pregnancy, it’s given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, 4-6 years, and then every 10 years after that, plus whenever you get a cut (for tetanus), every time you’re pregnant (even if you get pregnant every year), and every time your children have a baby, and every time someone asks everyone around their newborn to get the vaccine, and you comply. How many is that? 50? And they completely ignore the evidence stating that the more you get, the more ineffective this vaccine becomes, which is really saying something, since it starts out so badly. [4]

There’s actually SO MUCH science surrounding this vaccine and its monumental, undeniable inefficacy, that I’m baffled at doctors still recommending it. It’s truly a testament to the fact that doctors don’t read vaccine science and simply go by CDC recommendations, and the CDC either don’t read the science either, or simply choose to ignore it. And I don’t know which is worse; we’re left with nothing to choose from but incompetence or callous disregard.

Here’s a great quote from one of these studies, “Our data suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis. We noted a markedly increased rate of disease from age 8 through 12 . . . . Acellular vaccines have not been studied for clinical efficacy in north America and no studies exist on long term.[5]

The rate of infections in the vaccinated is huge. Look at this chart prepared by the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch. If it worked at all, there shouldn’t be much orange or yellow, and definitely not green, it should be all blue and purple, but look at these colors:

If you look at the CDC pdf for pertussis incidence among vaccinated and unvaccinated for 2017, this is said under the graph: “Over 95% of all children
19-35 months of age have received at least 3 doses of DTaP. This table illustrates a similar trend among the pertussis cases reported during 2017—the majority have received at least 3 doses of DTaP. Because protection from DTaP wanes over time, even children who are up to date with their pertussis vaccines may contract pertussis.
[6] And I’m not sure how they can claim the unvaccinated get more pertussis considering that the unvaccinated children contracting pertussis in the US for that entire year was 430 and those who had 3+ DTaPs and still got pertussis were 1,949. That’s 3 times more children who are vaccinated right on time, than the pertussis rate among those not vaccinated at all.

Maybe that’s because getting the vaccine makes you MORE susceptible to the disease. “Because of linked-epitope suppression, all children who were primed by DTaP vaccines will be more susceptible to pertussis throughout their lifetimes, and there is no easy way to decrease this increased lifetime susceptibility.” [7]

Here is the graph you’ll see on the CDC website of pertussis incidence before and after the vaccine:

Pertussis—United States, 1940-2012 chart as described in the Medical Management section

All the graphs displayed by the CDC are the same. They start right before the vaccine was introduced and show a tiny, magnified portion of the entire tale. But this is what it looks like when you zoom out a little bit and get the whole picture:

Slide 12
See the difference?

Can it honestly be said that the vaccine saved us if the death rate had already dropped so much? Who is to say the deaths wouldn’t have continued to drop just as much if the vaccine had never been introduced? It’s a case of correlation equaling causation because it serves to bolster their hopes, but with no significant proof when you’re looking at the entire picture.

Also, here is something to think about. Doctors are so biased in favor of vaccines that there is always, historically, an instantaneous drop in diagnoses of every disease right after the vaccine is introduced (even when they find out later the vaccine doesn’t work–like the first measles vaccine) because doctors automatically assume that those who have received the vaccine cannot become infected with the illness. They refuse to diagnose it in the vaccinated no matter how obvious the symptoms are. Whooping Cough is notorious for this despite consistent proof that the vaccinated are still susceptible. There’s countless stories of vaccinated children contracting whooping cough and being unable to receive proper treatment or diagnosis because their doctors simply will not consider whooping cough if they are vaccinated against it.

And then there’s a number of studies proving that even if you’re not symptomatic, when vaccinated and exposed, you can carry the disease and infect everyone around you. “We find that: 1) the timing of changes in age-specific attack rates observed in the US and UK are consistent with asymptomatic transmission; 2) the phylodynamic analysis of the US sequences indicates more genetic diversity in the overall bacterial population than would be suggested by the observed number of infections, a pattern expected with asymptomatic transmission; 3) asymptomatic infections can bias assessments of vaccine efficacy based on observations of B. pertussis-free weeks; 4) asymptomatic transmission can account for the observed increase in B. pertussis incidence; and 5) vaccinating individuals in close contact with infants too young to receive the vaccine (“cocooning” unvaccinated children) may be ineffective.” [8] (not only ineffective, completely, dangerously counterproductive, since if you’re a silent carrier after getting vaccinated, those newborns will be exposed by the very people who are trying to protect them–you would stay home if you were symptomatic (coughing), see?).

The study above was done in 2015, and this study [9] was done in 2014, both proving that the vaccine can make you a silent carrier, and STILL, the CDC recommends “cacooning” (vaccinate everyone around a baby to protect them until they can get their 2 month DTaP). It’s been 5 years and a press release by the FDA standing behind this. I think it’s safe to say the CDC is either ignorant of a very important issue, or they simply do not care about the newborns being exposed to a dangerous illness when they are most vulnerable.

Now that we’ve established that the benefits of this vaccine are almost zero, and that you literally have to get it every 2 years to assume protection (if there is any, which I’m skeptical of), what are the risks?

Here’s some of the “postmarketing data”:

Nausea, diarrhea, bronchitis, cellulitis, respiratory tract infection.
Lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia.
Anaphylactic reaction, hypersensitivity.

febrile convulsion, grand mal convulsion, partial seizures HHE (Hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode), hypotonia, somnolence, syncope
• Psychiatric disorders:
Screaming

Encephalopathy, headache, hypotonia, syncope.
Ear pain.
Cyanosis.

Apnea (not breathing), cough.
Angioedema, erythema, pruritus, rash, urticaria.
Fatigue, injection site induration, injection site reaction, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
[10, 11]

Here’s a list of some of the ingredients: aluminum phosphate, Stainer Sholt medium, casamino acids, Mueller’s growth medium, ammonium sulfate, VERO (African Green Monkey kidney) cells, MRC-5 cells, normal human diploid cells, CMRL (mouse cells) 1969 medium supplemented with calf serum, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 2-phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, bovine serum albumin, yeast protein, polymyxin B sulfate, thimerosal… [12]

I actually hear more stories of harm from this vaccine than from even the MMR, including autism. It has never been looked at for a correlation with autism, or for its correlation with SIDS which is SO HIGH that it’s listed right there on the insert.

Please, just look closely at these numbers. And don’t forget that underreporting is so common that only 1% of injuries and deaths are estimated to ever get to VAERS.

Now for treatment. Sodium ascorbate, y’all. I want to say thousands, but at least hundreds of tiny babies have been kept from ever even having to go to the Hospital because of Suzanne Humphries and her amazing vitamin C protocol. Vitamin C keeps mucous thin so that even 2 week old babies can cough it up and keep their lungs clear. Armed with this knowledge, I still do not welcome whooping cough into my family (like I would measles), but I do feel that my panicked fear is much less than it would be if I had chosen to vaccinate. Here is a link to her protocol and a detailed description of the vaccine, all kinds of science, vitamin c, more science on how that works in the body, personal accounts, advice on antibiotics, and much more. This woman is my hero, and such a fount of wisdom and knowledge, I listen to her at every opportunity.

When it’s all said and done, the choice is definitely yours to make, but the risks outweigh the benefits in my mind. The risks are squelched and downplayed and absolutely silenced by the media, but once you start listening to ex-vaxxers and their stories, this vaccine is scary, and with aluminum being linked to autoimmune disorders, chronic inflammation, alzheimer’s, and I’m not even going to mention autism–oops, I honestly don’t think getting the full gamut of 176 doses of this vaccine over a lifetime, knowing that aluminum is not excreted when injected, and it just continues to build up with every dose we add, is worth it. I would much rather deal with whooping cough…at any time…than vaccinate from womb to tomb with no guarantee of it offering any protection at all. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Edit: I just have to add a few things since there’s been a new study and CNN actually covered it! Here are a few quotes from that article [13]: “Conducted by scientists at the Vaccine Study Center, the research looked at nearly half a million children born between 1999 and 2016, and found that most whooping cough cases — 82% — occurred in children who were fully vaccinated or over-vaccinated.”

Research has shown these new vaccines to be effective at preventing whooping cough, but a growing body of evidence suggests that protection decreases over time. One meta-analysis, for example, found that the odds of pertussis increased by 33% every additional year after the third or fifth dose of the vaccine. (I seriously cannot believe they’re admitting this in mainstream media! I just had to add it. If you follow the link to the CNN article, you can also read the study they’re referencing, which is an amazing piece of evidence, proving once again, that this vaccine is completely ineffective to protect against pertussis.)

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19876392
  2. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/6/981.abstract
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20708998
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28289059
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22423127
  6. https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/downloads/pertuss-surv-report-2017.pdf
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26103968
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24277828
  10. https://www.gsksource.com/pharma/content/dam/GlaxoSmithKline/US/en/Prescribing_Information/Infanrix/pdf/INFANRIX.PDF
  11. https://www.fda.gov/media/74035/download
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20180130140510if_/https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf
  13. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/health/whooping-cough-vaccine-study/index.html

7 thoughts on “Pertussis explained

  1. I have a questionable regarding your statement about being 3X more likely to get it if you receive the vaccine. If unvaccinated children only make up 2% of the total population of children, and there were 430 cases in just those 2%, and 1949 cases in the remaining vaccinated 98% of children, how does that equal out to having a 3X greater risk? Am I not understanding the numbers correctly?

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  2. I still think that the numbers are showing a much higher rate in the unvaccinated than the vaccinated. There were three times as many (vaccinated) children who got pertussis, but there are 45X the amount of vaccinated children, than unvaccinated. (2% vs 98% = 2% X 45 =98%) So if the vaccine does not work, there should have been 45X the amount of cases of pertussis in the vaccinated, not 3X. I am not trying to say that I am in favor of the vaccine. I am actually becoming more anti-vaccine all the time and have not vaccinated my youngest at all. I am enjoying following your instagram and blog. I just dont think these numbers are favorable for what you are trying to prove? Honestly maybe I am just figuring the numbers wrong.

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    1. Okay here’s what I’m saying with that. When these outbreaks occur, someone, somewhere is going to blame the unvaccinated (“anti-vaxxers). My point is, that looking at those numbers, it isn’t possible for outbreaks to be honestly blamed on the unvaccinated. Here’s a recent outbreak among the FULLY vaccinated: https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-whooping-cough-vaccine-20190316-story.html If I am going to risk SIDS with my baby at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, a year, etc, I want a guarantee that they won’t get whooping cough. There is no such guarantee.

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  3. Hi, I just found your blog and will be digging into your posts – thanks for the time and effort you have put into sharing this information!
    We have chosen not to vaccinate our son (4 years old) for a number of reasons and – as you shared in the beginning of your post – the only illness that ever caused me fear was pertussis. I say “was” because he contracted it this winter. Once I realized what we were dealing with I started dosing him with liposomal vitamin c (he has a low bowel tolerance for sodium ascorbate). He began to get better within hours. He slept almost all night, his energy and appetite skyrocketed, and he breezed through the coughing stage. I kept detailed records of dosages and coughing fits which I would highly recommend doing if you ever need to treat pertussis. His range for dosing (according to weight) was 3-6 grams but Dr. Humphries says that one gram per kilo of body weight is safe and recommended when the child is so sick and you need to get the mucus thinned out. Twelve grams spread over his waking hours cut the cough by 80% in 48 hours. The vitamin c works!

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