Pertussis Outbreak in California: What You Need To Know

Sherri Tenpenny, DO
July 7, 2010

Chart: Pertussis Incidence and Pertussis Deaths here
Chart: DTaP Vaccine Components here

In mid-June (2010), California (USA) health authorities declared an epidemic of whooping cough, urging residents – particularly those of Latino background – to get vaccinated against the disease. All told, 910 cases have been confirmed, with several hundred more under investigation. If the pace keeps up, the outbreak could be the largest in the state in 50 years, the California Department of Public Health reported. What officials are not saying is that pertussis (whooping cough) outbreasks are cyclical and tend to peak every two to five years, regardless of the vaccination rate. Once again, this is a created hysteria to capitalize on fears of frightened parents and an opportunity to push vaccination on a trusting, underinformed public.


There has been a lot of discussion recently about pertussis. Parents are worried about the outbreak…and worried about their unvaccinated children. The “hallmark” of pertussis is a barky cough of at least 21 days duration. The cough is worse at night and there may or many not be mucous. Generally the fever is minimal, if there is any fever at all. During the day, those with pertussis may not appear even appear particularly ill.

Pertussis is most worrisome in children less than 3 months of age due to the small size of windpipe. As with any infection, the youngest children are at greatest risk of serious illness and rarely, death. IImportantly, pertussis is not always serious and rarely is it as ‘deadly’ as the pro-vaccine doctors and the evening news would have you believe. The hallmark of pertussis is a persistent cough which is frequently diagnosed and treated as “bronchitis”. Unless you or (your children are specifically tested for pertussis with a nasal or throat swab, you may have had it and not known!

Most persons who have had pertussis — children of all ages and adults — recover uneventfully. With the help of adequate vitamins D, C, A and lots of water with lemon, the cough can resolve more quickly. Get a 25-OH vitamin D blood test to know for sure what your level is. Have your doctor order it or get the test yourself here. Get your children tested too. Many that take as much as 2000 to 4000IU/day are low. An adequate level is between 80 and 100ng/mL. Neither vaccine nor recovering from the illness provides lifetime immunity.

On my Facebook Wall there were many posts (scroll back to June 23-24) by parents sharing that their fully vaccinated children had full-blown pertussis. REPEAT: Your child can be fully vaccinated and still contract pertussis. And many parents reported that they had a few weeks of sleepless nights as they struggled through a “miserable cough” with their kids, but then the kids fully recovered.

Three vaccines are administered for whooping cough, from 2 to 6 months of age. Problems caused by the DTaP (pertussis) vaccines are real. If you search the VAERS database, you will see thousands of reports of children who were severely injured or died from the vaccine.

I have created a table to show the ingredients in the pertussis vaccines (DTaP). Please go to www.drtenpenny.com and download the pdf link at the top of the page. Feel free to send this file to your friends, post it on your website, and print copies for your friends. What would you rather be concerned about? Keeping your child healthy from the inside out (something you have control over), or taking your chances by injecting these substances into your precious child (the outcome of the shot is something you have no control over).

A residual cough can last a few months; pertussis vaccine reactions can last a lifetime. Go to www.drtenpenny.com and order my book, Saying No To Vaccines, refuting the 25 most common reasons to vaccinate, for more information. Key: Be more concerned about the vaccine and its potential side effects much more than you fear the bug – and turn off your TV!

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