A newly published article written by a former WHO vaccine committee member, has revealed that estimates for pertussis vaccine efficacy have been greatly inflated because of inaccurate case definitions adopted by the WHO in 1991 which required laboratory confirmation and 21 days or more of paroxysmal cough, excluding and therefore concealing a veritable submerged iceberg of vaccine-resistant cases of pertussis infection.
Dr. Offit presents a flawed argument that "misguided" parents are to blame for the "reemergence" of infectious diseases. A deeper investigation into the statistics he quotes brings about a more accurate argument.
Vaccines currently recommended during pregnancy include the flu shot and the pertussis vaccine (Tdap). What is the link between prenatal vaccines and autism? This is the question that we will explore.