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Whooping Cough Vaccine Is Failing

Published on May 11, 2012


Washington State is facing the worst whopping-cough epidemic in 70 years where more than 1,100 cases of whooping cough have already been diagnosed this year. It seems the vaccine against whooping cough is not as effective as public health officials would like us to believe.

Whooping cough took the life of a 9-week-old girl from Idaho this week so the media and medical officials are getting more concerned, though they defensively blame the increase in problems on parents refusing vaccination. “Pertussis is a very contagious disease. It’s a very debilitating, life-threatening disease also for little ones who can’t fight it off,” Portneuf Medical Center Infection Preventionist Joyce Olson said.

Worldwide, the disease infects 30-50 million people a year and kills about 300,000—mostly children in the developing world. Whooping cough provokes a profound fear in parents whose hearts are terrorized by the violent coughing fits as their children choke and gasp for air while making a whooping sound.

Adults and older children still get whooping cough, but they may not make the characteristic “whooping” noise when coughing and are often not diagnosed. It is babies, however, who are most at risk from the disease, as they can develop serious and sometimes fatal complications, such as pneumonia, seizures and brain damage.[1]

Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease of the nose, throat and lungs that causes long bursts of coughing. Whooping cough is caused by the bacterium “Bordetella Pertussis.”

Last year almost 35,000 cases of the disease were reported in Australia alone, the highest number since records began in 1991 and twice as many as recorded in 2008. (And this number doesn’t include the many cases in the community that are not reported.)

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prior to the introduction of the pertussis vaccine, there were an average of 175,000 cases of whooping cough each year. This dropped off to fewer than 3,000 cases per year in the 1980s; however, in the U.S. alone, a total of 17,000 cases of pertussis were reported in 2009.

Whooping cough commonly affects infants and young children and until recently was thought to be prevented by immunization with the pertussis vaccine. Outbreaks of whooping cough were first described in the 16th century and now they are being described again despite all the children that are vaccinated today.

Whooping cough often starts like a cold, but turns into a cough that can last for longer than three months. You can catch whooping cough at any age, but like many diseases it is particularly bad for the very young and the very old. During a whooping cough outbreak in California in 2010, immunized children between eight and 12 years old were more likely to catch the bacterial disease than kids of other ages.

“We have a real belief that the durability (of the vaccine) is not what was imagined,” said Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California, and senior author of the study.[2] In September 2010, the California Department of Health reported 4,017 cases of confirmed, suspected, and probable whopping cough, the largest number of cases since 1955.

Dr. Witt admitted that he had expected to see the illnesses center around unvaccinated kids, knowing they are more vulnerable to the disease. “We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That’s what started catching our attention.”

What this means is that whooping cough vaccines cause an increase in the risk of being infected with whooping cough. That is the only conclusion we can come to when we see that more vaccinated children are coming down with the infection. Vaccines are not the truth of life or medicine and are administered by ignorant doctors who actually believe the absolute crap their medical superiors and medical officials say. The title of my book the Terror of Pediatric Medicine (free eBook) says it all in terms of the childhood vaccination program.

Whooping cough is everywhere and expanding again despite the vaccine. Why exactly that is no one is saying but some biological tipping point seems to be in the air with both radiation and chemical toxicities reaching ever higher and the bacteria mutating. Mainstream doctors are becoming totally lost amongst the tall lies and have no idea that intensifying toxicity is running smack into our increasing nutritional deficiencies.

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Modern medicine is not having luck in dealing with infectious diseases, which are threatening to get out of control across a broad spectrum of pathogens that have gained resistance to antibiotics. Dr. Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health said, “It may be some time before we really enter the predicted “post antibiotic era” in which common infections are frequently untreatable.”

Doctors may give courses of antibiotics when whooping cough patients first get sick thinking it makes them less contagious. If a person already has whooping cough, antibiotics don’t make much difference to how bad they feel with the illness or how long the whooping cough lasts.

My recommendations for treatment of whooping cough would not include antibiotics that in the end only weaken patients further. Instead, I recommend nebulized sodium bicarbonate, which, when combined with glutathione, offers one of the finest, safest and least expensive ways of treating the lungs, and iodine, that nutritional mineral medicine used for over 150 years that also, when nebulized, offers anti-pathogen firepower without equal because of its ability to take down viruses, bacteria and stubborn fungi.

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time. – Dr. David Derry

Mainstream doctors have no idea that treatments with high oral dosages of iodine will also have a strong effect against pathogens. My Natural Allopathic Protocol leads doctors to utilize a three-pronged attack against infections including whooping cough. Like moving in three different Panzer divisions to face the enemy head on, we employ iodine, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and magnesium chloride in a non-pharmaceutical frontal assault on infections. These three can be backed up strongly with either IV administration of vitamin C or through the use of oral supplementation preferably with a whole-food form of C rather than ascorbic acid, which does not contain the full C complex.

Dr. Raul Vergini, a French Surgeon, uses magnesium chloride to fight infectious diseases. “Magnesium chloride has a unique healing power on acute viral and bacterial diseases. It cured polio and diphtheria and that was the main subject of my magnesium book. A few grams of magnesium chloride every few hours will clear nearly all acute illnesses, which can be beaten in a few hours.”

When children are very sick and we want to increase the effectiveness of magnesium administration, I strongly recommend Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and what I call magnesium massages. Magnesium massages will do wonders for anyone with respiratory distress. Magnesium and baking soda medicinal baths are also helpful as is the administration of organic sulfur, another name for high-grade MSM.

Regarding iodine dosage, one can take it up very high especially when infections become threatening. Some doctors use 50-100 mg of iodine in treating cancer. Dosages vary widely depending on the type of iodine used. One hundred years ago, doctors used iodine as an oral medicine all the time, I have heard stories where up to a gram was used safely. Personally I have tested very high dosages over and over again on my children and on myself with no ill effect.

Because nutritional deficiencies are behind so many medical difficulties and problems it is best to cover all the bases in this regard. For this I recommend spirulina and chlorella and super food formulas like Rejuvenate.

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Barbara Loe Fisher said in 2010, “This summer, inaccurate and misleading information about B. pertussis whooping cough and the pertussis vaccine is being put out there by medical doctors, who should know better. Media campaigns designed to create fear about infectious disease are nothing new. This one appears to have three goals: first, to emphasize pertussis risks while ignoring vaccine risks; second, to place blame for whooping cough cases and deaths on the unvaccinated; and, third, to attack religious and conscientious belief exemptions, which serve as informed consent protections in U.S. vaccine laws.”

Children who get the whooping cough vaccine normally get it combined with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines. Dr. Mendelsohn said about the tetanus side of this triple vaccine. “You have every right to closely question me on the tetanus vaccine, since that was the last vaccine I abandoned. It wasn’t hard for me to give up vaccines for whooping cough, measles, and rubella because of their disabling and sometimes deadly side effects. The mumps vaccine, a high-risk, low-benefit product, struck me and plenty of other doctors as silly from the moment it was introduced. Arguments for the diphtheria vaccine were vitiated by epidemics during the past 15 years that showed the same death rate and the same severity of illness in those who were vaccinated vs. those who were not vaccinated. As for smallpox, even the government finally gave up that vaccine in 1970, and I gave up on the polio vaccine when Jonas Salk showed that the best way to catch polio in the United States was to be near a child who recently had taken the Sabin vaccine. But the tetanus vaccine exercised a hold on me for a much longer time.”

“As you point out, I gave up belief in this vaccine in stages. For a while, I still held onto the notion that farm families and people who work around stables should continue to take tetanus shots. But in spite of my early indoctrination with fear of ‘rusty nails,’ in recent years, I have developed a greater fear of the hypodermic needle,” continued Mendelsohn.

[2] Unexpectedly Limited Durability of Immunity Following Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in Pre-Adolescents in a North American Outbreak; David J. Witt, MD et al; Clin Infect Dis. (2012) doi: 10.1093/cid/cis287 First published online: March 15, 2012;

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  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on cough treatment. Regards

  • Ronnie Applewhite

    “What this means is that whooping cough vaccines cause an increase in the risk of being infected with whooping cough. That is the only conclusion we can come to when we see that more vaccinated children are coming down with the infection.”

    Really? That’s the ONLY conclusion they can come to? What a bunch of irresponsible crap. Even my 7th grader knows better than that. Using this “logic”, if I have a group of kids who are all obese, and discover that the majority of them were vaccinated against whooping cough, I could then conclude that the whooping cough vaccine is causing an increase in obesity. Since the overwhelming majority of people vaccinate their kids, pretty much ANY subset of the population is going to have a majority of vaccinated people in it.

    And then there’s the obvious counter-point, which is that the majority of kids who DON”T have whooping cough are vaccinated as well.

    I came to this blog because someone on Facebook presented a link to it and suggested that I “educate myself with the facts”. After reading this, all I can say is if laughter truly is the best medicine, I’m going to live forever just from the amount of laughing I’ve done in the last 10 minutes.

    • quicksilver

      The debate also tells us that nothing is BLACK or WHITE but shades of GREY or GRAY even.

      And whichever side you are on mistakes will be made.

      And only those who do nothing and say nothing NEVER do anything wrong or say anything wrong.

      I agree that the argument is simplistic

      But the argument that vaccines always work is not even shared by the most fervent vaccine advocate.

      Of course you cant cope with ARROGANCE, IGNORANCE and INCOMPETENCE;

      But read for example the Nobel speech for Charles Richet and tell me vaccines are always GOOD.

  • Erwin Alber

    All vaccines are useless and dangerous and should in my opinion not ever be injected into anyone, particularly not babies or children, or pregnant women.

    As far as i am concerned, vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention by means of junk science. The sooner parents realise this, the sooner some semblance of sanity will return.

  • Educated Mother

    Mid August ’10 we experienced whooping caught in my home. And, this Mother strongly believes that whooping caugh vaccine SHEDS and that is TOTALLY being overlooked.

    I had to take my 7 yr old to Ped to sign the health appraisal form required by the school for entry. Basically, a money grab, but called a physical at the cost of 150.00. This 8 year old was also attending school through the summer, where I know (because Mommies chat) the kids were all going to Peds through the summer for the same reason. The obligatory green health appraisal form required by schools for entry. And, based on the vax schedule, many getting boosters/vaccines.

    One week after the apt. that son started a dry persistent night caught that lasted 2-3 weeks but shut down on it’s own w/o intervention other than plenty of sunshine. Then, Husband gets it but it developes into a whoop. We were just about to throw in the towel and head to the Dr. and his body manage to shut it down. I was breastfeeding our 2 year old, and got none of it. He however, did start night caughing which persisted, deepened and developed into throwing up, grasping for air. Admit, was scary but I held on to the knowledge that this child (unlike his vaccine injured/mostly recovered with a hell of a lot of out of the box interventions) has a steller immune system, never ever been to the Ped for anything including the barrage of toxic needles.

    I took him to the Ped, I told him it was absolutely a whoop and he wrote 2 scrips, one for my sons first ever antibiotic (which i was on board with) and a script to have it tested at the local hospital. He said, “got to tell ya tho, he’s not going to like it”. The test involved them shoving a long swab up his nose to the back of his nasal cavity. I asked the Dr. “will this test change the treatment protocal?”, no, it’s just for tracking purposes. Btw. This Dr. knows for certain my first son was is indeed vaccine injured, and he went on to missed every red flag, and offered me nothing other than his phat fees for 5 minutes of his time. My sons brain and body was on fire, and all I got was a script for early intervention (which is 30min sessions w/.OT, PT and a early child educator) and therapy. But, we got to have them to sign the green health appraisal form. (Insert eye roll).

    So, I get in my car w/ my very fragile child. I mean, that if he was even the slightest bit agitated I’d have to stop the car and pull him out of the seat and carress, massage and calm him. The jags were so angry at this point he’d vomit and his lips turned blue. So, I’m thinking… I’m going to (at my expense, like what, Hospitals have something like a 3000 % mark up these days?) take my fragile child to have an invasive test that will for certain involk a life threatening caughing jag, so some high and mightly straight A student nurse-poo can call CPS … (it happens) because I didn’t vaccinate my child. I could just see the head lines. Instead, I called a gal I knew who was a Natural Path, she took my call and gave me several ideas to alleviate the caughing. When I asked the DR. about relief for the caughing, he said there was nothing and to call an Ambulance. The remedy was simple and affordable and worked like a charm. In 5 days time, my boy responded beautifully (fully intact immune system) to the antibiotic and the entire episode was done in 5 days.

    I got no calls from the Health Department, no one wants to track or learn how this disease spread, shed or contracted. They ONLY go straight for the “plane ride away” crap. I’t always the irresponsible unvaccinator (and sheaple believe this crap!). If you don’t look, you have no chance of seeing. The vaccine industry is one big giant fraud. And all this money poured into Autism, well, it’s painful for me to watch. My son is recovered because I competely divorced mainstream CRAP, but that wasn’t until 2 years of their useless over priced therapy some of which was abusive and so inappropriate for my son (therapists are not trained to know about physiological underpinnings). They don’t acknowledge these children have metabolic, stealthy virus’, nutrient deficient, heavy metal toxic.

  • Paulette

    “What this means is that whooping cough vaccines cause an increase in the risk of being infected with whooping cough. ”

    Actually it doesn’t mean that. You made a false conclusion. It just means exactly what is said – most of the children included in the study were fully vaccinated. That means that minority of the children who contracted the disease were not fully vaccinated. Now we need to compare the percentage of fully vaccinated the children in the total state of California or wherever that study was done with the percentage of fully vaccinated children in the study who contracted the disease. If the latter is higher than the former, only then we can make the conclusion that you made.

    I am sorry, the vaccines may be bad, but let’s not frivolously misinterpret scientific results.

    I also want to mention that high doses of iodine that you recommend as one of the treatment can change the thyroid function and cause the change of the heart beat. One needs to be careful with this treatment, and people should be aware of that. This treatment may work like a charm, but some people are sensitive.

  • K

    If you look at the science being done in Australia at the moment, I believe the vaccine is fine and it’s working as it’s supposed to.

    The problem is the whooping cough strain going around is just not covered by the vaccine.

    The current situation certainly makes the myth that all that increased cases are due to the unvaccinated look sily.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      You are correct in stating that the strain of whooping cough bacteria has mutated to one that is no longer covered by the vaccine. This may contribute to the problem we are seeing but it does not compleetely explain the fact of people vaccinated coming down with whooping cough more often than people not vaccinated.

  • D.

    Also, my doctor is trying to get ME to take a tetanus vaccine and I’m not sure why. He says everyone should have one every 8-10 years but offered me no solid reason why I should do such a thing. I work with infants, so he said I should have one more than anyone. What the heck is that all about??? Is it the herd immunity thing rearing its ugly head again, do you suppose?

    Anyway, I turned it down (imagine that) and he was not happy. He’s also not happy when I refuse mammograms and all the other weird testing, and he gets just livid when I tell him I’m not a big believer in genetics.


    • Paulette

      There is no herd immunity for tetanus.

    • jj08

      Tetanus shot includes Tetanus, diptheria and pertussis all in one. We usually hear of getting a tentanus shot but when we do we get all three vaccines in one. Thats what your doc was talking about. Adults are supposed to get boosted every 8-10 years. Since some of us forget we are not fully protected thus can contract pertussis because we unknowinly forget to get the vaccine. Its moreso accidental. I got mine in the hospital after having my baby girl. I wouldnt have thought about it otherwise and father in law got whopping cough and said he didnt remember the last time he got the TDaP vaccine.

  • D.

    Well, what IS Dr. Mendelsohn’s view on the tetanus shot, other than the hypodermic angle? I would like to know why he truly abandoned the tetanus shot. I am against all vaccinations, but it’s also nice to have more than one view on why certain things, such as tetanus and mumps for instance, are considered useless vaccines.

    I try hard to convince my children not to have THEIR children vaccinated, but the mother of one of my daughters in law is a nurse and is totally allopathically oriented, and of course has her convinced that her children will die without them. I’m trying hard to educate her in the other direction. Her main argument with me has always been that it’s just easier to get the shots than it is to fight with the schools. What a horrid excuse for being too lazy to do her homework, and I told her so – not gaining me any point as a mother in law! Now she calls me Marie Barone!!

    Please reference the words by Mendelsohn about the tetanus shots. I have all of his books, but they were written some time ago and there are really not many explanations in there, either.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      The comments by Dr. Mendelsohn can be found in
      Tetanus Vaccination by Dr Mendelsohn MD (The People’s Doctor Newsletter 1976-1988)
      and are reprinted at this site: