Death from whooping cough: Child becomes statistic in Australia

No details have been provided but another baby has died from whooping cough in Australia.

Anti-vaccine sentiment from misinformation organizations such as the former Australian Vaccination Network, and the now-retracted paper from Andrew Wakefield, has contributed to lower immunization rates and, subsequently, more deaths around the world.

Dead baby was not protected from whooping cough by vaccine | dailytelegraph.com.au.

Communicable disease ­director Vicky Sheppeard yesterday said although NSW Health tried to emphasise the importance of vaccinations, “we understand they (the child) had not received any doses of the vaccine”.

More on this topic:

The Wakefield effect: Whooping cough kills baby in Florida.
Whopping year for whooping cough (2013).
Study suggests pertussis outbreak related to wealthy, anti-vax parents.

  5 comments for “Death from whooping cough: Child becomes statistic in Australia

  1. busterggi
    October 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Give you odds that the parents didn’t get their tDAP either, I did just because I do home visits where there are sometimes newborns.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy
    October 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    No details have been provided but another baby has died from whooping cough in Australia.

    But she didn’t get Autism from the Whooping Cough Vaccine, did she?

    Latest issue of TIME Magazine has an article on anti-vaxxers. They mentioned that the more affluent and educated a parent is, the more likely they are to anti-vax. Called it “Master of the Universe Syndrome”, i.e. “I’m Rich, I have a PhD, I Know Best.”

  3. Adam
    October 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    The next logical step is to investigate why the child was not vaccinated and if there was a wilful neglect (e.g. the child was old enough and healthy enough to be vaccinated), to charge the parents with child endangerment.

  4. Chris
    October 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Most likely the child was a newborn and too young for the vaccine. This is why all older children and adults should be current with their Tdap, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines.

  5. Vin
    October 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I hate to say it but I think religion may have played a roll in this case (Islam in this instance. It is quite a ‘closed community’ culture, which is unsurprising, as there is quite a few differences between Islam and Australian social standards…Islam is new to Australia and, unsurprisingly, there have been quite a few clashes of ‘culture’….including ‘belief’ in immunisation)

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