They’re telling your grandkids you’re a monster.
By now you may have seen GlaxoSmithKline’s disgusting ad for its whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine. The one where grandma turns into a big, bad wolf — looking hungrily at a baby — after skipping the shot.
It’s a message right out of Little Red Riding Hood that’s hard to miss. Grandparents who don’t immediately get vaccinated are endangering their grandkids’ lives.
But that’s the real fairy tale here. Because our government’s own research proves that the whooping cough vaccine GSK is pushing is what can really sicken and even kill your grandchild.
And I’m not talking about when the baby gets the shot — but when you do.
And it’s all because the whooping cough vaccine — given to kids as the DTaP shot and adults as Tdap (the other parts are for tetanus and diphtheria) — isn’t just one of the least effective shots on the market.
It actually helps spread the disease.
I’ve told you before how the whooping cough vaccine wears off so quickly that we have to give kids the shot five times before they turn six years old.
And they’re still not protected. In fact, every single kid in the most recent Utah outbreak had been vaccinated against whooping cough — many times.
But the worse danger is that this vaccine… the same one that loving grandparents are being bullied into taking… can allow them to pass the disease to their kids or grandkids.
That news comes straight from our own government. The FDA wanted to understand why we’re seeing a resurgence in whooping cough cases, so it tested the vaccine on baboons.
That may seem a little strange (even by our government’s standards), but baboons react to the disease exactly like we do.
And researchers discovered that the baboons that received the whooping cough vaccine were able to transmit the bacteria and infect others. Not only that, but they had high levels of the bacteria in their noses and throats for well over a month, making them highly contagious for at least that long.
Even worse, those contagious, vaccinated baboons that were giving the others whooping cough showed no symptoms or signs that they were carrying the illness at all. So what that means is we can spread the disease to our kids, grandkids… or anyone else for that matter… without ever realizing we’re sick.
Certainly anyone who thinks they’re getting ill would stay a mile away from a new baby. But if you get this vaccine you can become a secret carrier, spreading the bacteria around to others like Typhoid Mary.
And the whole idea that people over 64 should be getting a whooping cough shot in the first place is relatively new and pretty hard to understand.
It wasn’t until 2010 that the official recommendation was issued, and even then the vaccine had barely been studied on seniors.
Even GSK admits it still doesn’t fully understand the risks. Right on the vaccine label it says that “it’s not known” whether the shot could speed up the development of an “unstable or progressive neurologic disorder.”
In other words, can the shot accelerate Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or any number of brain diseases?
We just don’t know.
But what we do know is that the whooping cough shot not only doesn’t work very well, but it could allow you to transmit a dangerous illness to someone you love.
That means you can ignore GSK’s little fear campaign. Because skipping this vaccine won’t turn you into the big, bad wolf — but getting it might.
“FDA study helps provide an understanding of rising rates of whooping cough and response to vaccination” FDA News Release, fda.gov
“Whooping cough shot prevents illness, not spread of disease” Associated Press, Fox News, foxnews.com