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Problems With The Whooping Cough Vaccine

problems-with-the-whooping-cough-vaccine_300The incidence of whooping cough (pertussis) is increasing. In States like California, the disease has reached levels not seen in 50 years. Some experts blame a relatively recent change in the whooping cough vaccine.

In 1996, the whooping cough vaccine was changed from what was called whole cell vaccine to the present-day acellular version. The switch was made to cut down on side effects. (One in 2,000 people getting the old vaccine suffered seizures.) Research on the current version of the vaccine indicates it is not as protective as the original vaccine. The scientists found the vaccine only 53 to 64 percent effective in those 10 to 17 years old.

According to these researchers, more work needs to be done to find a more effective vaccine.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineEasy Health Options NewsGeneral Health

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • elda

    My son was brain damaged by this vaccine in 1984. It ruined his life and I was told there was a government fund to help with his care but they told me a month after the program was closed. His first shot was so horrible I thought he was going to die. I refused to let him get the second WC part of the shot and was threatened with CPS if I didn’t let him have the third in the series. I demanded to stay after they gave him the DPT shot and he went worse than the first one. The medical people were so sorry they didn’t listen to me. I don’t know if he would have been okay after the first shot but the second one clinched his life. It destroyed part of his brain and I could not even find a lawyer to take the case when I didn’t know about the government program. So now he is an adult handicapped so he must be watched 24/7.