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envision/whoopingcough -- When Immunity Fails: The Whooping Cough Epidemic

Two pertussis experts are featured in the documentary, James Cherry and Frits Mooi. Cherry is American and Mooi is from The Netherlands. They have differing ideas about why immunized people are being diagnosed with whooping cough.

Vaccine makers may not make much money on each unit of pertussis vaccine, but they sell a lot of units.

January 6, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Investigating Whooping Cough

The video can be watched online here:

December 17, 2010 at 7:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough, Experts Spar Over New Strain

Isn't the point of the article that two experts disagree about the reason that vaccinated people are getting whooping cough?

One of Mooi's papers can be read here:

"In the Netherlands, as in many other western countries, pertussis vaccines have been used extensively for more than 40 years. Therefore, it is conceivable that vaccine-induced immunity has affected the evolution of Bordetella pertussis. Consistent with this notion, pertussis has reemerged in the Netherlands, despite high vaccination coverage. Further, a notable change in the population structure of B. pertussis was observed in the Netherlands subsequent to the introduction of vaccination in the 1950s. Finally, we observed antigenic divergence between clinical isolates and vaccine strains, in particular with respect to the surface-associated proteins pertactin and pertussis toxin. Adaptation may have allowed B. pertussis to remain endemic despite widespread vaccination and may have contributed to the reemergence of pertussis in the Netherlands."

December 16, 2010 at 6:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ethical Concerns Over Whooping Cough Vaccine

Surely Joanne Faryon means that the documentary airs on KPBS TV on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 pm.

December 15, 2010 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )