Grandparents and friends of newborn babies are getting their Tdap vaccine – said to offer the best prevention for adults against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. It’s for the pertussis part of the vaccine (whooping cough) that they are being vaccinated. This practice of vaccinating friends and family of the new baby is called Cocooning – under the premise that in doing so, the infant will be protected from getting whooping cough.
All great for the vaccine industry that is worth close to $24 billion and estimated to see $61 billion in profits by 2020. However the Pertussis vaccination lasts only about three years. It has a very short shelf life.
Pertussis outbreaks cannot be blamed on unvaccinated people. Those coughing with Pertussis can be vaccinated or unvaccinated. Studies have found that the majority of those with pertussis had been vaccinated.Pertussis vaccines have been used for 60 years and the pertussis organism has evolved to become resistant- it is adapting to highly immunised populations.
Vaccines are promoted on the back of the promise of herd immunity. Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection. But vaccine -induced herd immunity is a myth because vaccine immunity doesn’t last long. Herd immunity is not achieved by vaccination but by naturally acquired immunity. When you experience the natural disease immunity from the disease and herd immunity is achieved.
Take the case of the Chicken Pox vaccine – everyone used to get chicken pox and in the process obtained lifelong immunity. In 1995 the Merck vaccine for chicken pox came out. This prevented older children and adults who had already had the disease from being naturally boosted when they came into contact with younger children with chicken pox. This was real herd immunity. But instead of this we now have an epidemic of shingles in children and adults. But then Merck now has a shingles vaccine. Surprise, surprise.
This is crazy. What are we doing to our immune systems when our bodies do not get exposed to viruses and bacteria – when we only get vaccines for every infectious disease?
Much can be learned about the immune system from the research of PHILIP F. INCAO, M.D. There are two compartments to the human immune system. 1. The humoral immune system (or Th2 function) 2. The cellular or cell-mediated immune system (or Th1 function) The humoral immune system produces antibodies in the bloodstream as a response to the presence of foreign antigens in the body. The cellular immune system gets rid of foreign antigens through the work of cells in the thymus, tonsils, adenoids, spleen and the lymph system. This action of ridding the body of foreign antigens is known as an acute inflammatory response of the body. This is manifested by the classical signs such as fever, pain, malaise and discharge of mucus, pus, skin rash or diarrhea.
When we give a vaccination we are greatly stimulating the antibody production (Th2) but there is very little stimulating of the digesting and discharging function of the cellular immune system (Th1).If a vaccine stimulated the whole immune system we would get all the symptoms of disease such as the fever, malaise, pain and discharge. However the vaccine only stimulates the humoral immune system thus avoiding the inflammatory response.
Vaccines don’t boost the immune system but do stimulate the antibody “tasting and remembering” function of the antibody-mediated branch of the immune system and inhibit the body’s ability to fight the disease.
Phillip Incao sums it up like this: Vaccinations are usually effective in preventing an individual from manifesting a particular illness, but they do not improve the overall strength or health of the individual nor of the immune system. Instead, vaccinations modify the reactivity of the immune system, decreasing acute discharging inflammatory reactions and increasing the tendency to chronic allergic and auto-immune reactions.
In the US it costs well over $2000 to fully vaccinate a child. 54% of children in the United States are living with chronic illness. Back in the 50s and 60s when people still got measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, such levels of ill health were unheard of. We have traded in infectious disease for chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders.
In the 80s most children were given DPT, MMR, and polio vaccines, and vaccine manufacturers were supposedly going broke from damages. But today they are given hepatitis B at birth, DTaP, Hib, pneumococcal, polio, influenza, MMR, chicken pox, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines, with many more vaccines in the pipeline and the vaccine manufacturers are making a fortune and not paying a cent in damages.
Something has to change. This is a disaster.