Until 15 October 2015 I had assumed that anyone rejecting the whooping cough vaccine for their kids was an anti-vaxxer nutter. I was wrong.
A December 2013 CDC scientific meeting believed the pertussis bacteria is mutating to avoid the vaccine and can even take advantage of vaccinated people (smart little bacteria). PDF file.
So the newly evolving strain of Bordetella pertussis and another bacterial relative B. parapertussis are actually more likely to infect you if you’ve been vaccinated.
If new vaccines can be developed for these then I’d be looking carefully at them, much like I think getting a regular flu vaccine against the latest evolved version of the bug is a good idea.
Bottom line? I’m still inclined to put my faith in the community of scientists and listen very carefully to their recommendations. I’d be heavily discounting the opinions of those anti-vaxxers who have been proved to be liars.
I’d be happy to be corrected on any of this and would hate to be spreading misinformation. [Note: earlier mistakes in this blog has been corrected. See comments below.]
Here’s some links
1. A study in NSW found that 80% of whooping cough cases were in fact a mutated strain not protected by the vaccine. 2014
2. These studies found those that had the whooping cough vaccine were more likely to develop para pertussis, another mutated strain not covered by the vaccine
doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0010 An acellular whooping cough vaccine actually enhances the colonization of Bordetella parapertussis in mice; pointing towards a rise in B. parapertussis incidence resulting from acellular vaccination, which may have contributed to the observed increase in whooping cough over the last decade.
3. This 2008 article shows that the free whooping cough vaccine offered to parents to protect their kids was no longer being provided as it had shown to have no effect on reducing whooping cough rates in children
4. This press release from the FDA shows that those that get the whooping cough vaccine may be silent carriers for up to 6 weeks after being exposed to whooping cough thus can spread the disease unknowingly to infants, unvaccinated or even vaccinated individuals considering the above posted
Have a look at Connie Lam pertussis on google scholar too.