Here in Australia, unvaccinated children are blamed for young infants becoming seriously ill or dying from whooping cough (pertussis), and the government say it is very important to raise the vaccination rate. However, when we had much lower vaccination rates for pertussis, the number of reported cases was also much lower.
In 1991, around 70% of Australian children were fully vaccinated and there were only 347 cases of Whooping Cough, while in 2011 with over 90% of children vaccinated, we had 38,758 cases. How can the unvaccinated be blamed for this disease spreading? [Read more…]