By Hilary Butler
Perhaps this Australian documentary should have been labelled…
Totally missing the point. Or .. A bunch of Lies. Take your pick.
The Australian 60 Minutes journalist who had the responsibility for doing the research for this programme, is professionally incompetent.
You will not understand this blog unless you take the time to download all the full text medical articles, tables, graphs etc in this blog, and study for yourself what a 60 minutes journalist refused to look at. Or …. chose not to.
The increase in pertussis has nothing to do with the unvaccinated at all. It’s all happening because doctors in Australia have finally woken up to the fact that pertussis can happen in vaccinated people and are testing for it.
The reason all the old studies over-estimated pertussis vaccine efficacy was, as Cherry said in a 1998 medical article, that doctors believe that vaccinated people never got pertussis, so they never diagnosed it. SIMPLE. Pertussis after a vaccine was coincidence and something else. According to Dempsey 2009, that situation still exists in USA today.
As to the Australian whole cell whooping cough vaccine, it was implemented solely on the basis of trust, because as CDI admitted in 1994, there were NEVER any efficacy tests done on it, and there were no “serological correlates” or tests to prove immunity, for them to use as a basis of discussion anyway.
Wonder what the Australian public would have said back then, if some doc had said, “We don’t know if this works, because we don’t know how to test for immunity to pertussis, but we assume this bright idea is a good one.”
The Australian CDI went one further in 1997, and admitted that they ALSO… didn’t collect data on the vaccination status of whooping cough cases either.
Had the 60 minutes journalist, read the CDI’s 1998 article on history of pertussis in Australia, she might have asked a question like, “If in 1989, only 55% of one year olds had had 3 shots of pertussis vaccine, how come there were no deaths or cases reported?”
Of course we can tell her the answer. Doctors who assume that vaccines are safe, and prevent disease, would look at kid with whooping cough, study their card which said they were vaccinated, and say, “Oh that’s not pertussis, that’s a coincidental cough!”
One of the most common diagnoses of the time for pertussis was… wait for it… “asthma”!!!! And “Pseudo-whooping cough” or “Must-be-a-virus”. Our unvaccinated children were diagnosed with pertussis, after catching it from vaccination children who had a “bronchial virus”. Any old waste basket sufficed, so long as the parent had something to hang on to. And most often these kids were sent to school, to spread their cough to everyone else. But, whatever the doctor said, must be right, because he went to medical school and whatever the doctor says, is science.