Thanks to Non-Vaccinators, Whooping Cough Cases Spike In Frum Brooklyn Neighborhoods


Whooping Cough Vaccinations Administered In Los AngelesA wave of whooping cough has hit the frum Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Borough Park, city health officials said Monday.

A total of 109 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, were reported over the past year in the three neighborhoods, with an increase in cases over the past four months, the Health Department said, according to a New York Post report.

Five infants were hospitalized and one came down with pneumonia.

Most years, there are 200 cases of whooping cough reported in the entire city.

Toddlers and infants make up the majority of cases. About half were not vaccinated at all or didn’t get the full set of shots, authorities said in an alert to medical providers.

Only 3 percent of the 37 mothers of infants with whooping cough received the recommended tetanus-diptheria-acellularr pertussis vaccination during pregnancy, the alert said.

Health officials are urging doctors to recall patients who are not up to date with vaccines so they can provide prompt antibiotic treatment to affected patients.

“Delays in on-time initiation and completion of the pertussis-containing vaccines series remain problematic in the affected communities, facilitating ongoing transmission,” said Jennifer Rosen, director of the Health Department’s Bureau of Immunization Surveillance.

Children receiving treatment must stay home and not attend school or day care until they have received at least five days of antibiotics.

Family members of patients should also receive antibiotics to prevent spreading the contagious respiratory disease.

Source: New York Post

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  1. Ah, but what you don’t realize is that the rate of other congenital diseases has dropped among the anti-vaxxers! Or so they would have you believe. It’s so nice to live in a world of imagination and delusion, of unicorns and butterflies.

  2. Just one?!?! People die from these diseases.
    I’m glad that people rely on false information that does not have legitimate scientific backing and ignore the rabbanim that say to vaccinate.
    Unless it is for a medically legitimate reason you should vaccinate. People on chemotherapy cannot have most vaccines. They also cannot fight off diseases as well. Should I come down with a vaccine preventable illness it would put me in critical condition as my body cannot fight the disease.
    You, anti vaccine people would be to blame.
    There is a commandment of hishtadlus and I don’t think the frum anti vaccine people are at such a high level of bitachon that they ban forgo hishtadlus. Why do I make that statement, because they IGNORE the gedolim who indicate otherwise.

  3. But, most adults are NOT vaccinated ! Herd immunity goes straight out the window! And if half that are infected are vaccinated, why put yourself in danger of vaccinating if it barely works!

  4. really need to know facts before blaming non vaccinators. it says about half the cases were not fully up to date or vaccinated at all. most infants and toddlers can’t be up to date cuz this series does not finish till they are older. the question to ask is how many of the 109 cases were not vaccinated at all. and i will go try to find that out,

  5. Here is the email that was send around from the Bureau of Immunization:

    The email, sent by Jennifer Rosen, MD, Director of Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Bureau of Immunization, and Jane R. Zucker, MD, MSc, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Immunization, dated October 19, 2015, reads:

    Dear Colleagues:

    An outbreak of pertussis is ongoing among the Orthodox Jewish communities in Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Borough Park, Brooklyn. From October 2014 through October 2015, 109 cases of pertussis have been reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with an increase in cases over the past four months. The majority of cases (90%) are children under 19 years old (median age 4 years), of whom 52% were unvaccinated or not up to date with pertussis-containing vaccine. Infants less than 1-year-old account for 34% (n=37) of cases. Of the 37 mothers of infants with pertussis, only 3 (8%) received the recommended tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination during their most recent pregnancy.

    Five infants were hospitalized, including one who had pneumonia.

    Instructions to Health Alert Network (HAN) Subscribers included a request to distribute to all Primary Care, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Laboratory Medicine, and Infection Control Staff the following message:

    • An outbreak of pertussis continues to spread among Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

    • Ensure that children are up to date with pertussis-containing vaccines.

    • Vaccinate all pregnant women with Tdap during every pregnancy.

    • Obtain diagnostic testing and report clinically suspect cases promptly to the Health Department.

    • Provide early treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent ongoing transmission.

    To control the outbreak, health workers were urged to:

    1. Recall patients who are not up to date with DTaP and Tdap vaccines

    2. Vaccinate pregnant women with Tdap during every pregnancy

    3. Report suspect cases

    4. Follow droplet precautions

    5. Obtain optimal specimens for diagnostic testing

    6. Provide prompt antibiotic treatment and/or post-exposure prophylaxis

    In healthcare facilities, a dose of Tdap is routinely recommended for all healthcare personnel (HCP). HCPs should observe droplet precautions, such as wearing surgical masks, while evaluating suspect pertussis cases. Precautions should be observed regardless of the vaccination status of HCP. HCP with known unprotected exposure to pertussis and who are likely to expose pregnant women or neonates should receive PEP. Other HCP should either receive PEP or be monitored daily for 21 days after pertussis exposure and treated if pertussis symptoms develop.

    Clinicians should report all suspected cases of pertussis to DOHMH. Do not wait until laboratory confirmation to report. Early reporting allows DOHMH to investigate cases and assist the facility in identifying those who need post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent further infections. To report a suspected case, clinicians should call DOHMH at 866-692-3641.

  6. from the above letter is says that 52% were either not vaccinated or not up to date. (would really like to know how many were unvaccinated completely).
    either way it looks like whooping cough does not discriminate. if half the people were vaccinated and half were not, you are are just as likely to catch the bacterial illness if you are OR are not vaccinated. and it is really not fair to blame unvaccinated people when most probably of the 52% only a very small number of cases were completely unvaccinated while the others were not up to date meaning they didn’t finish the series.
    we really should stick to the facts please.
    thank you

  7. What a bunch of crock. Now they are accusing the Mothers of neglect because they refused to pump the POISIN that vaccinations contain into their bodies while they were pregnant?! This Liberal nonsense has got to end. Since when is big Government allowed to meddle into the private lives of its citizens?

  8. see below from the CDC’s website regarding whooping cough/pertussis and the non vaccinated

    Q: I’ve heard about parents refusing to get their children vaccinated and travelers to the United States spreading disease; are they to blame for pertussis outbreaks?

    A: Even though children who haven’t received DTaP vaccines are at least 8 times more likely to get pertussis than children who received all 5 recommended doses of DTaP, they are not the driving force behind the large scale outbreaks or epidemics. However, their parents are putting them at greater risk of getting a serious pertussis infection and then possibly spreading it to other family or community members.

    We often see people blaming pertussis outbreaks on people coming to the United States from other countries. This is not the case. Pertussis was never eliminated from the United States like measles or polio, so there’s always the chance for it to get into a community. Plus, every country vaccinates against pertussis.

  9. this is also straight from the CDC
    honestly sick and tired of this anti vaxx propaganda. please please stick to facts !!!!

    Q: Why are reported cases of pertussis increasing?

    A: Since the early 1980s, there has been an overall trend of an increase in reported pertussis cases. Pertussis is naturally cyclic in nature, with peaks in disease every 3-5 years. But for the past few decades, peaks got higher and overall case counts went up. There are several reasons that help explain why we’re seeing more cases as of late. These include: increased awareness, improved diagnostic tests, better reporting, more circulation of the bacteria, and waning immunity. The bacteria that cause pertussis are also always changing at a genetic level. Research is underway to determine if any of the recent changes may be related to the increase in disease.

    When it comes to waning immunity, it seems that the acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP and Tdap) we use now may not protect for as long as the whole cell vaccine (DTP) we used to use. Throughout the 1990s, the United States switched from using DTP to using DTaP for babies and children. Whole cell pertussis vaccines are associated with higher rates of minor and temporary side effects such as fever and pain and swelling at the injection site. Rare but serious neurologic adverse reactions, including chronic neurological problems, rarely occurred among children who had recently received whole cell vaccines. While studies have inconsistent results about whether the vaccine could cause chronic neurological problems, public concern in the United States and other countries led to a concerted effort to develop a vaccine with improved safety. Due to these concerns, along with the availability of a safe and effective acellular vaccine, the United States switched to acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP).

    Learn more about DTaP waning immunity[1 page] and pertussis outbreaks.

  10. B. pertussis is very dangerous. Vaccinate your kids. Send your kids to schools that demand vaccinations.

    Currently, there is an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities in Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

    109 cases have been reported to DOHMH from October 2014 through October 2015, with an increase over the past four months.

    The majority of cases (90%) are children aged

    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and medical providers in these communities are working together to stop the outbreak.

    If you are pregnant, you can help protect your baby by getting the pertussis vaccine.

    Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious bacterial infection that can cause coughing fits and vomiting.

    In infants, it can lead to severe illness, such as pneumonia, ear infections, seizures, problems of the nervous system and brain, and even death.

    In the United States, 10 to 20 babies die from pertussis every year.

    Your baby is most vulnerable to serious complications from pertussis during the first few months of life. Half of infants younger than age 1 who get sick are hospitalized.

    Doctors recommend that women get the pertussis vaccine between the 27th and 36th weeks of pregnancy to protect their babies.

    Protect your baby’s health. Ask your doctor about the pertussis vaccine today!

    Disease Overview: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

    Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial illness. It causes a cough that can last several weeks, even months.
    People can get pertussis at any age. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those who have not received all vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness.
    Pertussis is usually spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, exposing others to infected mucus or droplets.
    Pertussis usually starts with cold-like symptoms
    Early symptoms – can last for one to two weeks and usually include runny nose, low-grade fever, occasional cough (may be minimal or absent in infants), apnea — a pause in breathing (in infants)
    Later symptoms – fits of many, rapid coughs, which empty the lungs, followed by a high-pitched “whoop” when inhaling afterwards, vomiting, exhaustion after coughing fits
    o The coughing fits can go on for up to 10 weeks or more. For teens and adults, especially those who were vaccinated, the “whoop” is often not there, and the infection is generally less severe

    The vaccine for pertussis is given together with the vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus. There are two vaccines to protect against pertussis:
    For children under 7-years-old – diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, or DTaP
    For people aged 7 and older – tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine, or Tdap

  11. by the way you are the only news source that added a the title ‘thanks to non vaccinators’ all other news sources posted the news with facts not with blaming!! shame on you.

  12. Nearly a year ago in December, 2014, there was a similar type of incident in the famous upper class area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts: At a local high school, there was a Whooping Cough outbreak with 15 students getting the disease. The media (CBS’s report of it is at their local web site at and, as related there, the leading “official” medical personel, poured out thick blame for the problem upon the growing number of people who decline vaccinations. However, in the ninth paragraph of the CBS article, the second sentence notes that all of these 15 now sick students HAD taken the (Whooping Cough) vaccination! See discussion of the incident and CBS’s deceptive reporting of it at

  13. #13

    It is clear that the anti-vaxxers are to blame for making our children sick.

    Last year California published the rate of vaccination in every school in the state. The lowest rate was in a Jewish school. Well, not exactly a Jewish school of the type we think a Jewish school should be, but one run by the Kabbalah Center. Unfortunately while most of us reject their nutty religious teachings it appears that too many if us have accepted their nutty science.

    Vaccinate your kids!

  14. #9
    You say “since when is big Government allowed to meddle into the private lives of its citizens?”
    Since george washington! Go research the whiskey rebellion. You dont have the right to delude yourself what the law is and act on it. You can only act on what the supreme court deems the law of the land.

  15. Maybe if people understood if we have high immunity with vaccines it doesn’t give the virus a host and time to mutate then everybody is at risk including those who vaccinate. Instead these people who don’t vaccinate think its a choice and them not vaccinating effects nobody. But vaccinations are a all or nothing type of business either the majority does vaccination or it doesn’t work.

  16. Don’t worry the vitamins and granola bars will protect the children! Think of the children! Don’t worry they practice holistic preventive medicine! Their up to date on their acupuncture so no need to worry! (Sarcasm)

  17. See the report from Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, at (The report is written in scientific language with highly technical terms; a layman’s adaption & explanation of the report is at The main point of the report is that instead of STRENGTHENING a person’s immunity and preventing the disease, the Whooping Cough vaccine actually INTERFERES with the proper operation of a person’s immunity and can thus cause him to get the disease!

  18. I find this statement from the dept. of health extremely anti-Semitic. The implication is that the rate of pertussis is higher in the Orthodox community. That’s because we have a higher rate of birth in our community!!!!!!!!!
    More babies=more reported disease.

  19. Hello, “Z”. Had you read the report, the babies were unvaccinated because babies cannot receive that vaccine until they are older. Who are you blaming exactly? Factually, vaccines do not work 100% of the time since there is a margin of error in its efficacy, case in point, as the comment above refers to the school in Cape Cod whose vaccinated kids contacted whooping cough. Again, who are you blaming?

  20. Too bad there is no vaccine available to immunize against stupidity. But then again, even if there was, the anti-vaccinators wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

  21. #21
    I am talking about the people who didnt vaccinate! Vaccinations work by having a majority of people in a region vaccinatted. If not enough people vaccinate the virus can spread. Meaning if an adult or a child who was capable of receiving a vaccine didn’t get one they highered the odds of a unvaccinated baby / immunocompromised person contracting the virus. Its called “herd immunity”.

  22. See the report in the Oxford University Journal at, that relates a study that was conducted on the occasion of a large outbreak of whooping cough in 2010. The study was performed by the very major HMO network “Kaiser Permanente” at their immense medical center in San Rafael, California, and its results revealed sharply significant failures in the effectiveness of the Whooping Cough Vaccine. It concluded that patients may need more vaccine doses than are currently given. The Reuters report of this Kaiser study (at states that as time goes on after a vaccination, the vaccine in the person “fades” and “wanes” and “wears off.” Therefore, additional vaccine doses — called “Booster Shots” — are needed to “boost” and extend its period of protection. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — This all sounds very nice and neat EXCEPT for one little “question” that we should be entitled to ask. The fundamental principle of vaccinations is that we inject into a person the particular germs that cause the particular disease. Then, faced with these disease germs, the person’s immune system quickly creates the antibodies to those germs; these antibodies quickly destroy those injected disease germs AND any more of those particular disease germs that may attack the person any time in the future. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — This action of the vaccination is identical to — IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE IDENTICAL TO — what occurrs when a person actually gets the disease itself: the person’s immune system creates the antibodies to those germs that made the disease, and then after that, even if he is again hit by those same kinds of germs, his antibodies will repel them AND HE WILL THUS NEVER AGAIN IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE GET THAT DISEASE!!
    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
    Yet there are countless instances where AFTER receiving a vaccination, people still did get the disease!! So we are told that, well, eh, er, the vaccination had evidently “worn off,” and the patient should have had a “Booster Shot”!! — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — BUT THAT IS NOT THE PRINCIPLE OF VACCINATIONS!! — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — According to the principle of vaccinations, (just like having the disease itself produces the antibodies that give subsequent lifelong protection), the vaccination is supposed to produce the antibodies that give subsequent lifelong protection!! So these statements that the vaccination “fades” and “wears off” and we need “Booster Shots” are OPEN ADMISSIONS that the vaccination principle is NOT what it says it is!!

  23. (Continuation of previous comment)

    Furthermore, in the above mentioned Reuters report of the whopping cough outbreak, the head of the Kaiser study, Dr. David Witt, candidly remarked that the VAST MAJORITY of the people who were WC sick WERE NOT people who had failed to be vaccinated, but instead were people WHO HAD BEEN VACCINATED!! “Witt had expected to see the illnesses center around unvaccinated kids, knowing they are more vulnerable to the disease. ‘We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That’s what started catching our attention,’ said Witt.” “Of the 132 patients under age 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots and eight percent had never been vaccinated. The other 11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the complete series.” — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — THIS IS LITERALLY BEWILDERING!! THIS IS LITERALLY MABUL AL HARAIYON!! — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Vaccinations are presented to us as literally our holy, holy, holy “lifeline” of “protection” against the terrible diseases. And tons upon tons of stinging vitriol & vile are poured out upon the non-vaxxers who decline this lifeline, that they are so irresponsibly putting themselves and others in gravely serious danger. So when there was, Chas V’Shalom, a major illness outbreak in 2010 in Northern California, with whooping cough “going around,” what should we have expected to see: Several hundreds, maybe even thousands, of those terrible non-vaxxers rushing through the hospital doors, barely able to hold up their whooping coughing heads!! And we would have tauntingly teased them: “WE TOLD YOU SO!!” “WE TOLD YOU SO!!” — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Yet, what DID we see??? Yes, I think that, that is absolutely a very good question: What did we see?????????? — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — What are the numbers? “Of the 132 patients under age 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots.” 81% of 132 = 105; of 132 WC sick people, 105 of them HAD taken the full WC Vaccine slate. So with 105 holy loyal vaccinated citizens, how many were those bad non-vaxxers? 205? 405? 805? 1,605? Yes, how many were non-vaxxers? “Of the 132 patients under age 18 . . . . . eight percent had never been vaccinated.” 8% of 132 = 10; of WC sick people, 10 of them were non-vaxxers. Not 1,610 or 810 or 410 or 210; just plain little 10. 105 fully vaccinated WC sick / 10 not vaccinated WC sick. Over ten times as many fully vaccinated WC sick as not-vaccinated. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — All of this shows that, again, the holy doctrine of the principle of vaccinations is not what it says it is. It is NOT a proven scientific fact. It is NOT an established fundamental axiom. And it is most absolutely NOT any kind of piece of “Torah MiSinai,” CHAS V’SHALOM!! At the very most, it just is A THEORY ( “an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true”) against which there are significant indications that it is very much NOT true.

  24. (Continuation of my previous comment)

    My last two comments were based on the article at — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    The article most certainly stresses this last observation, that people who do NOT take vaccinations actually have LESS illness problems than people who do use them. And it sharply states what obviously IS a trure fundamental axiom, that living a clean healthy life, away from the corrupt toxic trash of contemporary life, will well prevent illnesses infinitely better than any vaccine injection of deady disease germs. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    “HEALTHY KIDS ARE NOT VACCINATED KIDS — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
    Want to find the healthiest children in America? Find families who follow these rules: #1) They live on small farms and their children play in the dirt (they have contact with nature). #2) Their children are all home schooled. #3) None of their children are vaccinated. #4) They drink raw milk and eat farm fresh foods. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
    As you will readily find, these are the healthiest, smartest kids in America! They don’t have problems with autism, allergies, cancer or ADHD. They are bright, healthy, and easily capable of surviving an infection of chicken pox. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
    The least healthy children in America are vaccinated children who eat public school food (GMOs) and never spend time in nature. These are the asthmatics, the diabetics, the ADHD cases, the suicidal psych drug takers. They’re vaccine damaged and nutritionally depleted, and they catch every cold every winter”

  25. To Comment #9 . from “What is this? Communist Russia?” I empathetically say: “TRIPLE OF TRIPLE OF TRIPLE DITOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!” ——— Very, very tragically, our country is more and more throwing away more and more of its earlier character of a “free country.” The hitherto hallowed verse in the famous patriotic song “My Country Tis of Thee” that states: “Sweet Land of Liberty,” is more and more becoming a hollow shell.