Pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough, is an extremely contagious disease caused by the Bacterium Bordetella Pertussis. This disease has serious consequences, and newborns are the highest risk group as they are too young to be vaccinated.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, (CDC) there have been 36,000+ cases reported as on November 2012, with 16 deaths reported as well.
This is a two-fold increase over 2011, when 18,719 cases were reported
Whooping Cough may be the most commonly occurring vaccine preventable disease known to man, certainly it is here in the U.S.
It has been noted that even with numerous graduated vaccinations, from age 2 months through 4 years of age, the effects of the vaccination lessen with time. The vaccine is given in a combo shot with 3 components, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. The vaccination is termed DTaP.
With the effects of all three vaccines fading with time, a booster shot is recommended in the preteen years, ages 11-12 years, and the booster shot is termed Tdap. Adults 19 years and older should have a booster shot as well, and anyone who may come into contact to a non-vaccinated infant, or plans to, should have a booster shot 2 weeks prior to the contact.
Additionally, Teachers should get booster shots and indeterminate levels, as they come into close contact with small children that may have siblings at home that are unprotected. An ounce of prevention.
Much has been made of late about combination vaccines, and the ill effects they may or may not produce. The actors Jim Carrey and his then wife Jenny McCarthy have been vocal critics of combination vaccinations, and have gone so far as to blame these inoculations as the leading cause of Autism.
So let’s explore this topic for a minute. A term combination vaccine refers to an inoculation with multiple components combined into a single shot. Some examples are the DTaP shot, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella,) and the trivalent IPV, which is three different strains of the same virus, Polio.
Combo vaccines have been administered in the U.S. since the 1940’s
Simultaneous vaccinations are when multiple combination vaccines are given at the same time, and this is what Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy are railing about. They feel it is detrimental to a child’s welfare for these vaccinations to be given at the same time, and they even think that they shouldn’t be given so close together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, (CDC) there is no evidence to suggest that simultaneous, combination vaccination of children will overload that child’s immune system, causing more health problems. Consequently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend simultaneous administration of all routine childhood vaccines.
Again, according to the CDC, newborns are exposed to viruses and bacteria on a daily basis, and the food they eat introduces even more bacteria to their bodies. Bacterium live in the nose and mouths of all human beings, and children have a habit of putting everything into their mouth, exposing the child to even more antigens on a regular basis.
Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines, a 1994 report from the Institute of Medicine, states: “In the face of these normal events, it seems unlikely that the number of separate antigens contained in childhood vaccines …would represent an appreciable added burden on the immune system that would be immunosuppressive.”
Pertussis is a serious illness, and early symptoms include a runny nose, a mild cough, fever, and apnea, which is a momentary pause in breathing. Because this illness presents itself initially as nothing more than a common cold, parents need to pay close attention to their infant children until they have had some of their inoculations.In a 1 to 2 week span, this illness can accelerate into violent, severe coughing episodes called fits, with vomiting and total exhaustion from the coughing episode.
Article by Jim Donahue