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Whooping Cough Vaccine. Does it kill children? Information on vaccinating your child against Pertussis.
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Do you think the Pertussis Vaccine is safe?
Justice for my Son
Are Vaccines Safe and Effective?
The facts about the Pertussis Vaccine
Here in Ireland there are many vaccines given as standard. When my daughter received her immunizations back in the early 2000’s I didn’t give the matter too much thought. All I knew was that my doctor said that they were all necessary and perfectly safe. The only one I considered faltering on at that time was the MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). I was aware that there was some controversy in the news about a potential link between MMR and Autism.
Then soon after that I heard that this Doctor Wakefield had been annihilated in the press because his research had been disproven and that there was now lots of scientific evidence to prove that there was no real danger after all. However recently I have read Dr Andrew Wakefields book Callous Disregard, and personally I now believe that the glossed over version of events the media portrayed about that infamous Lancet Report is very far from the truth of the whole matter.
So then I went ahead and vaccinated my daughter against Measles Mumps and Rubella as advised. She seemed to react pretty much the same as she did with her other vaccines i.e. she had a bit of a fever so I gave her some medicine and she was fine after a day or two.
I thought no more about the matter. Over the years she has had a few minor health concerns such as a tendency towards asthma, eczema problems and some minor surgery for reflux in her kidney but otherwise she has been healthy.
In 2007 I then had a son. So once again it came time to give him his childhood vaccinations. Even early on my son was very different to my daughter and he seemed to do some things that appeared to me to be a bit off the normal radar. Yet I was told to not listen to that niggling voice at the back of my mind i.e. he was just a boy being a boy. It was only because I was used to a girl that I found his behavior a bit different or not quite right.
Does Mom really know best after all?
Should I have trusted my gut instinct sooner? Now I would say a resounding yes but isn’t knowledge always a great help after the event has already happened?
Subsequently when my son was three he was diagnosed with Autism. Later other diagnoses were also added i.e. ADHD and Developmental Delay. While he was always a bit different we did notice that his problems did seem to it become more pronounced in his second year i.e. after the MMR Vaccine. Even then though I didn’t really believe there was any link. Vaccines were perfectly safe and necessary right? Or were they I eventually began to wonder.
Recently it was time for my son to be thinking about his Booster Immunizations. This time I decided okay well hold on a minute first. Perhaps I should read up a bit on immunisizing your child. This was just to reassure myself what I already know i.e. childhood vaccines were perfectly safe. Also that there must be no truth whatsoever, to all the scaremongering stories that kept popping up every time I read an article about Autism.
Do your own research about vaccinating your child and be informed before making up your mind:
So I decided I would do a bit of my own research while trying to keep an open mind on the whole issue until I knew a bit more.
N.B. So before I continue I would like to re-iterate that the opinions expressed in this article are merely my own. They are based on the research I have done on this topic over the last few weeks. If you think its rubbish fair enough, that’s completely your choice.
In this article I don’t deal with any of the controversy surrounding the MMR Vaccine. Instead I am writing about the first vaccine I researched and one of the earliest given to children here in Ireland i.e. The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine.
Pertussis Vaccine – Whooping Cough
The first book I came across about Vaccines was written by an Irish mother called Vera Duffy, i.e. ‘Justice for my Son.’
Here’s the descriptive passage from her book,
“This is every family’s worst nightmare.
It is the story of how a healthy five-month-old baby was reduced to a vegetative state by a medical procedure that the public authorities and the medical profession have refused to accept was in any way responsible.
Alan Duffy was brain damaged following the whooping cough vaccine and lived until he was a skeletal and helpless 22 year old. He died on New Year’s Eve, 1995.
Justice For My Son tells of how Alan’s mother, Vera, patiently and laboriously acquired the knowledge and the evidence over many years, evidence she believes many eminent medical people and the government of the day suppressed. It is evidence of a link between the vaccine and what happened to Alan and exposes a kind of ‘Russian Roulette’ accepted by vaccination programmes.
In fact the Dublin City Coroner used his own department funds to make an appeal on Vera’s behalf to the Supreme Court when he failed to get the government to indemnify him. By this unprecedented action, he demonstrated his belief of where the truth of the matter lies.
This fight won’t bring Alan back. But his mother will not give up until she finally gets justice for her son.”
Can the Whooping Cough Vaccine be harmful?
My first reaction to this book was, ‘but I thought it was only the MMR Vaccine that was under scrutiny? Aren’t we always been told that there is no actual scientific proof that any of the childhood vaccines cause adverse reactions like brain damage? To that point I really believed that nobody who had ever researched vaccines ever found any real scientific data that the Pertussis Vaccine could be harmful in some cases.
When in actual fact many scientists and doctor’s have already found lots of evidence that the Whooping Cough Vaccine can cause quite a few adverse reactions. In some instances so much so that parents have in fact successfully sued Governments’ and Pharmaceutical Companies because of adverse reactions to the Pertussis Vaccine. This has included families where children have actually died after being vaccinated. Also many parents have won their cases in court and received large amounts of compensation.
These revelations really made me stop and think a bit more. Vera Duffy’s book, ‘Justice for my son,’ was very unnerving to read because it happened here in Ireland. This was a true story and there was no getting away from the facts or the overwhelming medical evidence that the Pertussis Vaccine had caused her son's irreversible brain damage.
Vera Duffy also mentions in the book that there are countless other stories like her son’s out there. Another Irish mother in the book actually successfully sued a Pharmaceutical Giant but as part of her settlement she had to sign a waiver agreeing never to talk about the details of her son’s case again. This usually is a condition of compensation. To ensure that the rest of us are kept totally in the dark about the truth about vaccines.
Is there evidence that the Pertussis vaccine can be harmful?
As I did a bit more research on this matter it was confirmed over and over that the scientific community are already perfectly well aware of the amount of damage that vaccines can cause. Yet it is always justified by an overall ethos of: ‘It’s for the larger good as it protects the integrity of the Herd.’ Yes folks we are all considered to be nothing more than a global herd of cattle. So if a certain small percentage of our children die or are seriously injured by vaccines that’s considered to be okay because then it means that the rest of the herd will survive.
The biggest problem I have with this, 'overall immunity rates of the Herd,' theory is as follows:
As mentioned a lot of vaccinated children who react to vaccinations do not die but instead spend their whole lives living with severe disabilities. Their parents must then also devote the rest of their lives to caring for their special needs child. The family often suffer from financial hardship and the breakdown of the parents relationship is also another common side effect of living with a child who will always have high care needs
This situation could and should often be avoided. People should always be allowed adequate access to all the information surrounding the documented evidence about all vaccines.
It is a little known fact too that it is common knowledge among the medical profession and the scientific community that there certain ‘subset’s of children’, who are considered to be, ‘genetically more susceptible’, to vaccine damage than other children. These children should not receive vaccines in the same way or in the same quantities as other children. It is still rare for parents to be informed of this until it is already too late to protect their child. Most only realize this when they start to look for reasons as to why their child suddenly left them and started to suffer form severe mental and physical disabilities.
Subset of children genetically more susceptible to Vaccine Damage:
Compiling this list was extremely difficult as it is not something that is not really readily available for viewing. Research is often done on the safety of Vaccines but it is rare for research to be carried out specifically on the subset of children who appear to suffer from additional adverse affects to vaccines.
NB: Other research articles may refer to this subset of susceptible children briefly but usually only vaguely or non-specifically. So the following list is not a conclusive one and cannot be considered as such at this time.
The more vulnerable children seem to come from families who have a history of the following conditions:
These are all essentially conditions that can be classed as ‘Autoimmune diseases’. As this list is very long I am only listing the most common and easily recognisable conditions in this article. For a much more comprehensive list click on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoimmune_disease
- Addison’s Disease
- Inner ear disease which is also known as Meniers Disease which can include hearing loss and vertigo
- Autoimmune Autism or Autistic Disorder also known as PANDAS
- Cardiomyopathy (heart problems)
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Diabetes Type 1
- Graves Disease
- Guillain- Barré Syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Thyroid Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Celiac Disease
- From http://www.informedparent.co.uk/info
…Vaccines injected into babies do not in any way, shape or form resemble an inhaled or swallowed germ because they are changed, attenuated, and injected as multi-antigens into the body. Consequently, because of the by-passing of the Th1 branch of the system there is over-stimulation of the Th2 branch, which teaches the body to be in a chronically reactive mode. People who have allergies, asthma and auto-immune disease have what is known as a Th2-skewed immune system.
So it is important to bear this in mind when deciding on any one of the injectable vaccines on offer, as they will all trigger this unnatural response to take place…
What is the Pertussis Virus?
Neil Z Miller defines Pertussis in his book about the same i.e. Vaccines: Are they really safe and effective? As being:
Pertussis is a contagious disease caused by a bacterium that affects the respiratory system. Sometimes called whooping cough, this disease gets its name from the high pitched whooping noise victims make when they try to catch their breath after severe coughing attacks. Symptoms progress through three stages. In the first stage, which usually lasts one to two weeks, victims have trouble breathing, and may develop a cough or fever. In the second stage, which usually lasts two to three weeks, severe coughing attacks occur during the night. The attacks can lead to inadequate oxygen, which can cause convulsions. During this stage death can occur. In the final stage, coughing lessens and recovery begins.
Is the Pertussis Vaccination really effective?
Once again I refer to the book, 'Vaccines: Are they really safe and effective? by Neil Z. Miller who complied an analysis of the safety and effectiveness of a large number of childhood and adult vaccines in this book.
It is stated in the book that...A study published by the Journal of Pediatrics indicates that Pertussis Vaccine may be only 40 to 45% effective...
It is also stated that ...immunity is not sustained in the long term and after 12 years 95% of children will no longer be immune to Pertussis. Many documented examples of this scenario are then given one being...
In 1986, 1300 cases of Pertussis were reported in Kansas. Of the patients with known vaccination status, 90% were considered to be, 'adequately vaccinated.'
Scientific Research into the safety of the Pertussis Vaccine:
My copy of the book Vaccines: Are they really safe and effective? was published in 2012. Neil Z. Miller said the following about the scientific evidence that the Pertussis Vaccine is considered to be very safe at that time.
...The United States never conducted its own clinical tests to determine whether the Pertussis Vaccine is safe and effective. Instead, it relies on data collected by Great Britain during the 1950s on children between six months and one-and-a-half-years of age. Even though 42 of these children had convulsions within 28 days, 80% of the babies were 14 months of age or older, and the tests were designed to test the efficacy (not safety) of the vaccine. ..
Compositions of the Pertussis Vaccine:
In Ireland as in many countries the Pertussis Vaccine is not given as a single vaccine. Instead a number of other immunizations are also combined into the same injection as the most up to date schedule below indicates. As the years pass it appears that more and more vaccinations are being combined together. Many adverse effects have been noted from the older DPT Vaccine which combined the Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus viruses. In Ireland now this combination has now risen to a six in one injection as well as administering another vaccine at the same time.
6 in 1
Whooping cough (Pertussis)
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae B)
Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis)
(Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
These vaccines are administered at two months, four months and six months.
You will rarely if ever be given both sides of the story by a Medical Professional i.e. that it is also possible that the Vaccine itself rather than the bacteria itself could kill or cause serious injury to your child. Instead you will be reassured that that adverse reactions are ‘usually,’ mild and ‘very rare’.
Adverse reactions to the Pertussis Vaccine.:
Doctors more often than not do not report adverse reactions to vaccines instead a child who may have died from such a reaction will be given another cause of death. The most commonly listed one being, ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’ formerly known as a ‘Cot Death’.
Children who have received Pertussis as a mixed vaccine component can have the following adverse effects:
- Fevers of up to 106 degrees.
- Pain or swelling
- Projectile Vomiting
- High pitched screaming
- Excessive Sleepiness
- Inconsolable Crying Bouts
- Breathing Problems
- Brain Damage
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
In one Report on the side effects of the Pertussis or whooping cough vaccine one child in 600 had severe reactions. One in 875 children had shock-collapse and convulsions in another study. In a more recent study 1 in 100 children reacted with convulsions, collapse or high-pitched screaming and 1 in 3 of those children sustained permanent brain damage.
In a study of 103 children with sudden infant death syndrome, 70% died within 3 weeks of the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough) vaccine and 37% died within a week of the vaccine.
N.B. All the details and the sources of these research studies are listed in the book Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? By Neil Z. Miller.
Whether you believe the benefits of Vaccines outweigh the potential risk is every parent’s choice to make. Personally I wish I had informed myself much better before my children were vaccinated. Especially for my son who now has multiple disabilities.