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?
See the evidence here:
Find number of cases in 1991 and 2011 here:
Notifications of a selected disease by State and Territory and year
Find the percentage vaccinated for DTP in 1991 here:
Vaccination Coverage in Australian Children – ABS Statistics and the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR), 2001
See: 4. RESULTS – VACCINATION COVERAGE STATISTICS
Find the percentage vaccinated for DTaP in 2011 here
Immunisation coverage annual report, 2011
See: Fig 1 and Tables 2, 3 & 4
The government has no right to insist our children should be vaccinated—we can see that from these figures the vaccine does not protect the community against whooping cough.
Please see science studies and other evidence about pertussis on this website at Let the SCIENCE speak: Whooping Cough