ask ‘Did the Anti-Vaccination Movement Cause the Whooping Cough Epidemic?’

2 Nov

A great post over at asks the question and delivers the right answer – yes, yes they did. It also targets the right org as being responsible – Barbara Loe Fischer’s anti-vaccine group NVIC.

Whooping cough is making a comeback. This summer, the highly contagious upper respiratory infection struck more than 6,000 people in California — the most cases since 1950. Ten people died, all infants.

The stubborn belief that vaccines are harmful to a child’s health show just how damaging — even deadly–unscientific movements like the NVIC’s are. And how wrong.

…not vaccinating children erodes the “wall of immunity” that keeps all kids safe from life-threatening diseases. When infections have fewer potential hosts, there is less of a chance that those infections will be able to spread from child to child. When kids are vulnerable to nasty germs — because their parents don’t immunize them — they put their friends and classmates at risk, too. have a petition up to deliver the untasty truth to NVIC – it caters to non-US residents from all over the world. Please sign it, tweet it or retweet this post, Facebook it, blog it and email it. These people need to be held accountable for their actions.

7 Responses to “ ask ‘Did the Anti-Vaccination Movement Cause the Whooping Cough Epidemic?’”

  1. Science Mom November 3, 2010 at 04:55 #

    Sheldon has a good post there. We just don’t have the evidence, at least yet, to be able to point at the precise reason(s) why California has accumulated the pertussis numbers they have. I also cringed at the author’s incorrect assignation of virus to the pertussis bacterium, not to mention a ‘resurgence of smallpox’ due to vaccine refusal.

    Sorry Kev, but is engaging in histrionics and not an evidence-based argument.

  2. Brenda November 3, 2010 at 23:57 #

    Some articles I’ve been reading about the whooping cough outbreaks seem to indicate that most of the occurrences are at private schools and surrounding upper-middle class areas. This would seem to fit in with the anti-vaccination crowd. Of course, it’s not scientific, just an apparent not-so-randomness in the outbreaks.

  3. Tam November 4, 2010 at 04:17 #

    Have to agree with Science Mom here, that article was nothing but an opinion piece, devoid of facts to back up the claim. The outbreak may or may be related to the anti-vaccination movement, but that article certainly did not give us any evidence to that effect.

  4. julie November 9, 2010 at 21:23 #

    agree w science mom and tam. keep opinions as opinions, not facts. the real epidemic is AUTISM. 1 in 110????

  5. Prometheus November 9, 2010 at 22:17 #

    Julie comments (apparently unaware of the irony):

    “…keep opinions as opinions, not facts. the real epidemic is AUTISM.”

    The existence of the “autism epidemic” is still largely a matter of opinion, with a majority of researchers unconvinced. On the other hand, there is little disagreement on the factual nature of the current pertussis outbreak (“epidemic”, if you will) in California.

    While I agree with that the “NVIC” provides largely fact-free information, the data we have don’t point to “NVIC” (and others of its ilk) as a/the cause of the current California pertussis outbreak. While I’d agree that it seems likely that “NVIC” is at least partly to blame, there are clearly other factors.



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