Killing an Infant: Pertussis The Epidemic That Shouldn’t Happen

Imagine if your infant, or newborn grandchild or newborn family member, or good friend’s newborn was killed because you didn’t get a vaccine. How would you feel? Imagine that if you just got a shot, a vaccination, you could save the life of the most vulnerable among us.

The Anti Vaccination Crowd is Responsible For Deaths of Newborns
Ignorance is killing newborns.   The anti-vaccination movement is responsible for over 20 deaths this year from pertussis and that number is going to increase. The anti-vaccination crowd are people who are a danger to the public, to the most vulnerable in our society- the newborn. These people have a belief – not backed up by a shred of science, disproven in multiple studies, and yet think nothing of loudly proclaiming it is wrong to vaccinate kids. It is one thing to have a belief – but their belief is causing the death of newborns.

Whooping cough is on the rise, and while it is a nasty thing for kids to get, it is deadly for infants. For infants, who cannot get a vaccine until they are two months old, are vulnerable to the bacteria Bordetella Pertusus – the agent that causes the disease. Death from this doesn’t happen because they cough- the newborn stops breathing, or goes into heart failure and in spite of all the modern medical science, very little can be done for them once they get it.

In 2012  there were over  48,000 cases of pertussis in the U.S. (and that number is underestimated) and 25 deaths.  The number of deaths from infants this year has already surpassed that number, the most PREVENTABLE deaths since 1955.

Ten infant deaths in California were reported with the 9100 cases they had in 2010 and then 91 percent of the California kindergardeners were vaccinated. Already this year there are over 3800 new cases of pertussis and 400 new cases a week being currently reported, with two infant deaths just in the state of California so far.

Texas recently reported the highest number of pertussis cases in modern history. This is an epidemic and it is fueled by a group of people whose unwillingness to vaccinate their children is a public health issue.

When we have had public health issues we have enforced quarantines. It is time to quarantine those who are not vaccinated. Non vaccinated children should not be allowed in public schools. Much like we enforce the taking of TB medicines to those who have TB, we should enforce vaccination or quarantine those who are not vaccinated.

Don’t Be A Part of The Problem -Protecting Your Newborn
When did you last get your pertussis vaccine? Did you know that pertussis vaccination is only effective for ten years, and that today you could go to most pharmacies (like Walmart or CVS) and get a shot that not only covers pertussis but tetanus? That’s it- one simple shot and you can protect an infant from death.

If you are a parent of a newborn child – make sure you are vaccinated. If you are an expectant mother in your third trimester get a booster for it, as the antibodies in your breast milk will provide some protection.

If you have a newborn, and are in epidemic areas, don’t take your kids out in public. And if someone wants to come see them, ask if they have had a vaccine and if they have not- don’t let them come. And do not let people come who have a cough.

These infant deaths are directly related to an anti-vaccination campaign. Andrew Wakefield published a paper stating autism was related to vaccination. That was proven false and yet took hold among many people Wakefield can no longer practice medicine in the United Kingdom. Wakefield moved to the United States and found some Hollywood stars loudly proclaim that vaccines caused autism. Jenny McCarthy loudly proclaimed the link between autism and vaccination and has since recanted now that she is on a mainstream television show.

To be clear: there is no food that can “boost” the immune system to prevent this disease.

There is no “homeopathic” cure or “homeopathic” vaccine that can fix this.

The anti-vaccination crowd is the reason for this epidemic. The epidemic didn’t happen before the anti-vaccination crowd started spouting their nonsense. Don’t be ignorant, don’t let a child die because you are ignorant, or don’t want to take the time to get a vaccination.

My son turns four years old in July. I had pertussis two weeks before he was born, but it was diagnosed and treated before he was born. I would have never have forgiven himself if I would have killed my son because I didn’t know that my vaccines need to be updated.  Now that you know you have to, don’t kill a child, update your vaccination.

Thankfully my pertussis was taken care of before my son was born. Otherwise my ignorance could have killed him. Get your vaccinations up to date- don’t kill a kid

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. mhikl says:

    Dr Simpson, I do enjoy reading much of your work and experience shared on your site. You do seem to take in a wider scope of knowledge from what is peddled by Big Pharma and so many medical doctors.

    My problems with vaccinations is that we have so few independent research labs any more, governments and universities having given up their studies allowing Big Pharma and other profit corporations do the work. (Hen in the chicken coop comes to mind.) So how can we really trust that vaccinations are safe and not detrimental to the children today and the children of children into the next generations.

    You surely have heard about the Pottenger’s Cats experiments. Scary stuff. It took four generations to rechange the genetic code to bring health and normality back to the cats. In human years that four generations would take more than a hundred years.

    I read (not necessarily meaning what I read is 100% fractal) that only 1 out of a thousand who contact polio experience the worst scenarios of crippling and death. I have further read about four different medical doctors who put their early symptom polio patients on a vitamin C drip and within a short time (less than 12h, if I remember correctly) were polio free and free of any damages. This was practiced by some doctors in the forties and fifties in the US. At a medical symposium on Polio (late forties, I believe) one doctor gave a lecture on how he treated his patients and his success rate. (100% symptom free.) Not one doctor asked any questions; there was just stone silence when he was done.

    We are living in disturbing times both regarding surveillance by our government and google and other corporate powers that are bordering on what preluded the second war in Germany. In all history every Democracy has evolved into a Plutocracy and indications scream out today that we are well into that scenario. (Noam Chomsky is one of many who point this out.)

    Regarding the one in a thousand being true or not, I do soundly believe that those who say no to SAD (Standard American Diet) as prescribed by the government, dump all grains and legumes and focus on the least processed foods possible from animal sources and low carb vegetables and berries and work to getting enough magnesium, vitamin C and a number of other important nutritional benefits (Borax-boron), those babies would not have died being more healthy on their mother’s breast milk and that like the one in a thousand possibility, fewer would be ill from so many of civilisation’s illnesses, at least in the case of polio-the others I can only speculate.

    Here is a go-figure story, a true one.

    I suffered two flues and five heavy colds one winter teaching in a classroom with very dirty ventilation. At Easter time I found out about Xylitol. I have used Xylitol up my noes as a spray and occasionally by irrigation, and in my ears, eyes, mouth and eyebrows and have not had one flue or cold since. That is seven years now. I used to average a light cold or two a year, a heavy one ever two or three years and a flue maybe every seven years. And this has not been the only blessing. I have suffered sever sinus problems since childhood and by age 21 I was so addicted to Otrivine I had to use it three times a day, up from twice. I then started to spray only one nostril to save my pennies as Otrivine had gone up in price and as a student many of my costs were rising. Within three days the unsprayed nose cleared and after another three days, the other nose cleared up as I had stopped spraying it. I have suffered the sinus problem ever since but refused to use the chemicals my doctor would prescribe. Then came the Xylitol and today I breath clearly. (I ran out of my electric cigarettes and while waiting my shipment from China I returned to the conventional kind. The Xylitol do not help much for smokers I found out.

    But where is the research, the unbiased methodical research into anything that is not sponsored by Big Pharma or any Big anything in our commercial, corporate world?

    The number of babies who die or are injured severely, physically, intellectually and psychologically by vaccination programmes far exceeds the number who die from the lack of a vaccination. The stats are there as proof. And remember, every parent has the right to have vaccinations for their children, actually parents are very encouraged and often harassed to vaccinate and so are protected, at least according to the theory upon which the premise of vaccinations are based.

    My personal hero is Dr Ignaz Semmelwe and I know you know who he is. He stands tall in my regard because he took a stand, not from anything more than moral courage and overwhelming care to his patients and his profession. Fifty years later Pasteur and Lister proved by the microscope that the good Doctor’s ideas were indeed correct and washing with some sort of carbolic cleanser became universally used.

    Let me end by saying I have learned a lot from your efforts on these good pages and I know I shall, nay will learn a lot more. You stand between the conventions of modern Allopathy and the modern movement to homeopathy and a return to natural foods and living. I venture to the Paleo movement and in the past three years have seen amazing benefits to my health, fitness and sense of well-being and I compare my health to my older sister and younger brothers and there is no contest in how healthy my skin looks and my health specs; but I see and understand where traditional medicine as we know it today has its advantages. But the shenanigans that comes with from this discipline, the way it calculates success rates in cancer, for example, or the forced radiation of babies I find appalling and such leads to accusations of counterfeit and it is commercial interests that bars the door to honest research, study and testing that affirms that there are many goblins in what is practiced as medicine today. You, Dr Simpson are able and willing to question some of those conventions. Please keep an open mind on Vaccinations. Even my most cherished beliefs in any area of life I find joy in dumping when I am proven wrong. I have not proven anything here. I just believe in questioning, everything. 🙂

    Namaste and care, as always,

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