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Pertussis Article

Pertussis Article

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Published by Meryl Dorey
A thesis about how governments use coercion and incorrect information to force people to vaccinate against whooping cough.
A thesis about how governments use coercion and incorrect information to force people to vaccinate against whooping cough.

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Published by: Meryl Dorey on Jan 28, 2010
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ByJudy Wilyman (BSc,MSc,DipEd)
In 2008 StateGovernment’s in Australia implementedmandatoryimmunization policies for health professionals working in clinical situations.Australia also has a Childhood Immunisation Schedule which recommendsthirteen vaccines be administered to infants beforetwo years of age. Thisarticle uses pertussis epidemiology as a case study to examine the evidencesupporting Australia’simmunization policies. It concludes that there is ashortage of reliableindependent evidence supporting these policies. Theresults of this research show that pertussis vaccine is not controlling theincidence of pertussis in the community nor the mortality and morbidity of thisdisease. It concludes that the implementation of mandatory immunizationpolicies is unethicalif it cannot be shown there is a serious risk to thecommunity if vaccinesare not used.
pertussis, epidemiology, immunization, mandatory, policies, public health
I would like to acknowledge Senior Lecturer Glenn Mitchell,AssociateProfessor Brian Martin and Associate Professor Peter Dingle for their directionin writing this article. I would also like to acknowledge the support given by agrowing number of parents and health professionals concerned aboutmandatory immunisation.
Immunisation is a medical intervention for healthy individuals, which is basedupon theories that have evolved over time. It was accepted as a strategyagainst infectious diseases two hundred years ago at a time when ourknowledge of immunology and genetics was very different.The social contextof these times was also very different. If public health policies are based uponevidence and theories that are changing over time and without full knowledgeof the mechanisms involved, there is the potential for policies to be harmful tothe health of the community. To be certain of the health benefits of mandatoryand coercive immunisation policies it is important to examine the history ofvaccination and debates over evidence and theory. This paper uses a casestudy of pertussis to analyse the supportive evidence for immunisationpolicies.Throughout the twentieth century the pertussis vaccine was continuallyquestioned with respect to both efficacy and safety (1)(2).The AustralianGovernment promotes immunisation programs as the main reason whyinfectious diseases such as pertussis are no longer causes of death anddisability in Australia. The Government also claims that the pertussis vaccineis the most effective means of controlling the incidence of pertussis in theAustralian population.This analysis will examine the evidence that is used to support thesestatements in order to determine whether mandatory immunisation policiesare appropriate. Finally, it raises the question of why necessary safety datahas not been collected.

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