Above is a headline from a news article that appeared on NaturalNews.com on April 4, 2012. The article cites new information showing that a recent outbreak in Whooping cough was higher among vaccinated children than among unvaccinated children. The Natural News article was based on a similar article on April 2, 2012 published by Reuters news.
The new information is based on a study led by Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California. In early 2010, a large outbreak of Whooping cough started appearing in the records of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Dr. Witt noted that the outbreak was the largest seen in 50 years and he expected that the incidences of the disease would be led largely by unvaccinated children. However, the statistics showed a vastly different reality.
"We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That's what started catching our attention," said Witt. The Reuters article reported that out of the132 cases of Whooping cough in children under the age of 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended Whooping cough shots and only eight percent had never been vaccinated. The remaining 11 percent had not received the complete series but had received at least one shot.
In spite of the factual evidence, the Natural News article reports that several other media outlets completely ignored the study and have issued news articles announcing the outbreak and then urging people to rush out and get vaccinated. Mike Adams, author of the article and editor of NaturalNews.com commented in his article, "Despite the fact that the Whooping cough vaccines actually cause an increase in the risk of being infected with Whooping cough, every time a Whooping cough outbreak occurs, there's a mad rush of everybody screaming, "Vaccinate! Vaccinate! Vaccinate!"