Reporters are having a field day with headlines, outright blaming parents who sign vaccine exemptions for the spread of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It’s not even posed as a question anymore:
- Anti-vaccine parents caused California’s lethal whooping cough epidemic
- What caused a whooping cough epidemic? Scientists blame parents
- Whooping Cough Outbreaks Tied to Parents Shunning Vaccines
- Vaccine Refusals Fueled California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic
However, there is much much more they are not telling you…
They can’t explain why whooping cough is back with a vengeance despite the most vaccinated populace ever known, why the DTaP-vaccinated are getting sick with it, or why “herd immunity” is falling apart. Forget it, let’s place all the blame on the few people who refuse vaccines – and call them baby killers.
The study in the journal Pediatriacs is quoted as having “confirmed” that it is parents who take vaccine exemptions as the Typhoid Marys of California, actually concluded:
Our data suggest clustering of NMEs [non-medical exemptions] may have been 1 of several factors in the 2010 California pertussis resurgence.
The researchers are taking data from geographical clusters of outbreaks in California neighborhoods where more people filed personal belief exemptions. Basically, people in those areas with more exemptions were 2.5 times more likely to live in areas with whooping cough outbreaks. They did not follow up on those exemptions to see if the parents later had themselves or their children vaccinated, and they did not see if the people who contracted it were actually vaccinated individuals. They simply used geographic clusters and drew a conclusion based on 39 clusters of high vaccine exemptions and 2 clusters of pertussis in 2010. The media took it further and wider in scope saying the unvaccinated are definitely a major factor – which differs significantly from a headline of outright blame. What a stretch!