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  •  that too (0+ / 0-)

    But the current whooping cough vaccine is so useless that it's no more than a placebo.

    •  untrue (3+ / 0-)
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      http://jama.jamanetwork.com/...

      Results.  —Of the 173 nonvaccinated household contacts, 96 developed typical pertussis, compared with seven of 112 contacts vaccinated with acellular pertussis vaccine. Vaccine efficacy was consequently calculated to be 88.7% (95% confidence interval, 76.6% to 94.6%). Protection did not wane until at least the time recommended for booster vaccination. None of the analyzed potential confounding factors—age, socioeconomic status, erythromycin treatment, household composition, center effect, and selection bias—influenced study results in favor of the vaccine.

      Conclusions.  —Under conditions of intense household exposure, primary vaccination with acellular vaccine protected against pertussis until at least the time recommended for booster vaccination. The vaccine can be expected to be equally or more effective in settings with lower infectious pressure.(JAMA. 1996;275:37-41)

      The trouble is that is wears off relatively quickly (maybe 5 yearse) not that it doesn't work.

      Why it that important? Keeps infants from dying

      Again, that's not to say the vax makes you pertussis proof, and certainly not forever. But that ain't placebo.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:33:52 AM PST

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