medical-dogmaIn any walk of life it is a good idea to be able to keep more than one idea in your head at the same time and when it comes to healthcare, it is essential. As a case in point, one idea that seems to be fixed in the minds of the medical profession is in relation to the rise in Pertussis (whooping cough).
Despite the fact that there is a high uptake of the Pertussis vaccine, the incidence of whooping cough is increasing. This would, to me at least, suggest that the vaccine is not providing the promised protection against this disease. Or possibly does not work at all? This being the most likely explanation for the increase in whooping cough cases, how can the answer to the problem be yet more of the same vaccine?

The continuation of this one idea is to vaccinate pregnant women, in the hope that new born babies will be protected. Apart from the fact this particular vaccine is failing to provide protection against Pertussis, how sure can one be that acquired immunity will pass to the unborn child from the mother in the same way that natural immunity works? Is there any medical evidence I wonder that supports this hypothesis?

If protection does in fact transmit to the unborn, then why is it that mothers who have been vaccinated, also need to have their babies vaccinated, surely there is no need for this if the theory works in practice?

Originally posted 2012-10-05 18:47:48.

One Thought on “Medical Dogma?

  1. There is clearly a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in this post.

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