Is whooping cough rise result of anti-vaccination movement?

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Illinois top health official says they need to get the word out -- whooping cough is preventable. Photo via CDC.

Illinois top health official says they need to get the word out — whooping cough is preventable. Photo via CDC.

Dr. LaMar Habrouck, Illinois State Health Director, has taken to getting his message about vaccination safety by using the media to educate parents on the American Academy of Pediatric’s vaccination schedule.

Habrouck spoke to WBBM Radio on Friday, saying that the rise in whooping cough (pertussis) cases in Illinois is largely due to misconceptions and myths about vaccinations.

In 2012, there were an estimated 2,000 cases of whooping cough in Illinois.

Habrouck laments the rise in what he calls a very “preventable disease.”


Habrouck said, “We would contribute it to, not enough folks getting their boasters and sticking with their vaccination schedules.”

Habrouck also claimed that there are parents who are purposefully not getting their children vaccinated and that could lead to dangerous consequences.

“There are still some myths out there that vaccines can actually give you infections, or you know, can cause other health related conditions, so we have to be vigilant about getting those messages out and sharing the science,” said Habrouck.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the disease puts infants at the most risk, with half of all infants coming down with whooping cough requiring hospitalization. Of the the half of infant related whooping cough cases, a third will experience slowed or stopped breathing and 1 or 2 infants out of 100 will die from it.

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  • Prentice Reid

    “There are still some myths out there that vaccines can actually give you infections, or you know, can cause other health related conditions, so we have to be vigilant about getting those messages out and sharing the science”

    Habrouck is lying through his teeth. There are numerous, well documented cases where vaccines have caused diseases in those who received them:

    The RotaShield vaccine was tied to severe bowel disorders in children in the 90s and thus was no longer recommended due to safety concerns. The CDC admitted this:

    “The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on October 22, 1999 to no longer recommend use of the RotaShield® vaccine for infants because of an association between the vaccine and intussusception…

    The results of the investigations showed that RotaShield® vaccine caused intussusception in some healthy infants younger than 12 months of age who normally would be at low risk for this condition.”

    The Smallpox vaccine is well known to be able to spread the virus from the vaccine into people the recipient comes in contact with and the CDC admitted this too:

    “A man recently vaccinated for smallpox under a U.S. Defense Department program passed a milder, related form of the disease on to a man he had sex with, and that man then passed it on to yet another man, federal health officials reported Thursday.”

    A Centers for Infectious Disease study published on Penn State’s website links the whooping cough vaccine itself with the increase in whooping cough incidences:

    “these data suggest that the vaccine may be contributing to the observed rise in whooping cough incidence over the last decade by promoting B. parapertussis infection.”

    A Swine Flu vaccine has just been linked to Narcolepsy in children by the World Health Organization:

    “This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 12 countries report suspected cases of narcolepsy linked to swine flu H1N1 vaccinations, especially in children and adolescents ages four to 19”

    The Polio vaccine caused a polio epidemic in Nigeria after the virus in the vaccine mutated in those who received the shots:

    “Polio, a dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is spreading in Nigeria despite efforts to stamp it out. And health officials say in some cases, it’s caused by the vaccine used to fight it.

    In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa. So far, 124 Nigerian children have been paralyzed this year — about twice those afflicted in 2008.”

    The flu shot given to Canada in 2008 was linked to higher incidences of flu in those who received the shots:

    “A strange vaccine-related phenomenon spotted at the start of the 2009 flu pandemic may well have been real, a new study suggests.

    Canadian researchers noticed in the early weeks of the pandemic that people who got a flu shot for the 2008-2009 winter seemed to be more likely to get infected with the pandemic virus than people who hadn’t received a flu shot.”

    LaMar Habrouck is lying to you folks. Wake up.

  • EllenDiann

    Parents are being bamboozled by these trained drug pushing doctors, who have zero cures, and infect children’s blood with whooping cough along with a sludge of other toxins found in vaccines. WAKE UP and fire these drug pushers. Doctors who tell the truth don’t get rich off of your misery and ignorance. tells the truth along with many other doctors that can be found at Measles are NOT A BIG DEAL, build up the immunity of the child instead of allowing these murderous drug pushers to assault their immunity with more toxins.