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The truth about pertussis (whooping cough).

A thread.

h/t Ashley Everly, toxicologist

#pertussis #WhoopingCough #vaccines
We have been fed the following lies:

(1) That the pertussis vaccine is effective; that it prevents whooping cough infection and transmission.

(2) That those who choose not to vaccinate are responsible for the death of children who die from it.
What the medical research has found, is the opposite.

Not only is the pertussis vaccine unable to provide herd immunity or protection for those who canโ€™t be vaccinated, but the medical research has found that the FULLY vaccinated are most likely to transmit pertussis to infants.
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I just had a coughing fit that was so intense that I now have little petechae around my eyes. All I could think was how there are kids whose parents refuse to vaccinate them who are getting #pertussis and their little bodies are being wracked by similar coughing fits. Awful.
How could anyone do that to their child? When you have #vaccines to keep your child from suffering or possibly dying, why wouldn't you get them? What could possibly be more important than your child's well-being?
Anti-science is so creepily punitive and medieval.
#Vaccines have been established science since 1798 when the #smallpox vaccine was discovered & literally saved the world.
YOU don't have #polio because of vaccines. YOU lived beyond 5 because of vaccines. Go to an historic graveyard--lots of dead kids.
Anti-vax is child abuse.
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More than 1 in 10 children worldwide missed out on lifesaving #vaccines such as #measles, #diphtheria and #tetanus in 2018: New data from WHO/@UNICEF

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Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with 3 doses of #diphtheria, #tetanus & #pertussis and the first dose of the #measles vaccine has stalled at around 86% - not sufficient as 95% coverage globally is needed to protect against outbreaks of #vaccine-preventable diseases
Most unvaccinated children live in the poorest countries and are disproportionately in fragile or conflict-affected states.
Almost half are in just 16 countries:
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bit.ly/2LnPP8G #vaccination
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Something Iโ€™ve thought of posting for awhile:

My personal manifesto on vaccines in the context of measles outbreaks and as an Epi PhD student with a small child under the age of 1.

A thread.

Grab some popcorn and settle in.

#Parenthood #StudentParent #EpiTwitter
A bit of background: We have family and many friends who live on #VashonIsland (known for having low rates of immunization).

My undergraduate thesis looked at school rates of vaccines on Vashon and found no #herdimmunity for ANY vaccine preventable disease in 2012.
Vashon is an evil geniusโ€™ dream for an outbreak.

There are 2 grocery stores, where everyone shops.

The schools share facilities, have student mentor exchanges, etc.

There are regular student trips to the 1 senior center.

Did I mention itโ€™s an island?

It's dry tinder.
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