Posted on : 3rd February 2012
Australia, along with other countries, has seen a meteoric rise in the number of notified cases of whooping cough in the past few years.
Lack of vaccination is often blamed, but now information from the Australian government indicates that, as suspected, the whooping cough vaccine is incredibly ineffective.
Between 2008 and 2010, in children aged 0-4 years whose vaccination status was known and who had contracted whooping cough, 75% were fully vaccinated and a further 14% were partly vaccinated. Only 11% were un-vaccinated.
Of the remaining 7082 cases whose vaccine status was known, and who were eligible to have received the vaccine, 5296 (75%) were fully vaccinated for their age. A further 986 (14%) were partly vaccinated. Only 800 (11%) were un-vaccinated.
Does this mean the whooping cough vaccine is a complete failure?
And why was the Australian government so slow to release this limited information?
Do records from other countries indicate that the vaccine is equally unsuccessful for their children?