Dr Richard Halvorsen

offering vaccine choice

Whooping Cough

One of the biggest vaccine scares of all time was that of the alleged link between the whooping cough vaccine and brain damage that surfaced in the 1970s.
This led to a dramatic fall in the uptake of the vaccine - to a far greater extent than we have seen more recently with the MMR vaccine.
The subsequent 'epidemics' of whooping cough that followed the fall in immunisation rates have provided us with the unique opportunity to investigate the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Click on the links below to explore the whooping epidemics and what they teach us about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Decreasing deaths from whooping cough
The whooping cough 'epidemics'
Whooping cough cases
Deaths from whooping cough
The whooping cough vaccine