May 27, 2024

Whooping Cough Vaccination Efforts in Quezon City Amidst Confusion and Concerns

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This article highlights the outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) that has been reported in Quezon City, Philippines, with 23 cases since the beginning of the year. The Department of Health (DOH) plans to provide a million doses of pertussis vaccine by June 2024. However, there’s confusion about the number of reported cases and deaths related to pertussis.

Editor’s Note: Another outbreak seems to be another motivation for mass vaccination, which is the only solution these people in the DOH come up with when something like this happens. Vaccine safety, especially after Dengvaxia, raises concern when the DOH is starting to vaccinate children against pertussis.

It’s also crucial to recognize that vaccines, like any medical intervention, carry potential risks. Especially considering that children as young as two months old are expected to get the jab, five times at that.

The article also highlights the limitations of these jabs, although it can reduce illness, it is not enough to prevent transmission and infection to create herd immunity. [See also: Expert Says COVID Vaccines Not Strong Enough for Herd Immunity, Why Can’t COVID Vaccines Create Herd Immunity?]

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