Vaccine refusal is not causing pertussis outbreak: Washington State Secretary of Health

MB Comment: Washington State Secretary of Health Mary Selecky says: ‘vaccine refusal doesn’t appear to be playing a key role in the growing pertussis burden.’

This week’s CDC MMWR report states 76% of Washington state pertussis cases were in fully vaccinated individuals. The CDC also says no fatalities have been reported.

This is clearly a case of vaccine failure, not the result of unvaccinated individuals spreading pertussis. The pertussis vaccine is not bactericidal. In other words, the vaccinated can spread pertussis. A Washington state vaccinated hospital worker is blamed for exposing patients to pertussis.

Wake up people – the problem is with vaccines (vaccine failure and vaccine adverse reactions) not with the unvaccinated.

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Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
CDC: Pertussis numbers suggest vaccine protection gap
Jul 19, 2012

Selecky said most of Washington’s children are vaccinated, and health officials said vaccine refusal doesn’t appear to be playing a key role in the growing pertussis burden.

Washington health officials and their collaborators at the CDC profiled Washington’s outbreak, including details such as the percentages of lab-confirmed cases and case numbers by age, today in the latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Pertussis Epidemic — Washington, 2012
Weekly  July 20, 2012

Of the 155 reported pertussis cases in infants aged <1 year, 34 (21.9%) were managed in a hospital. Among these hospitalized infants, 14 (41.2%) were aged <2 months. Of the 2,360 cases involving children aged >1 year with known outcome, 14 of the children (0.6%) were hospitalized. No fatalities were reported …

Vaccination Status
Valid vaccination history was available for 1,829 of 2,006 (91.2%) patients aged 3 months–19 years. Overall, 758 of 1,000 (75.8%) patients aged 3 months–10 years were up-to-date with the childhood diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) doses.

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