Saturday, 26 January 2019

These Women Should Be Famous...

Scientists Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering created one of the world's first whooping cough vaccines in 1930s Grand Rapids.
On their own time, with a lab and tiny budget, Kendrick and Eldering, with the assistance of African-America chemist Loney Gordon, devoted themselves to this medical mission. Gordon helped to make the vaccine become more effective.
whooping cough vaccine
In the process, they brought a community together to fight a disease that was claiming 6,000 children a year across the country. They rallied support from local schools, parents, businesses, nurses and doctors.
The vaccine that these three women created was not only one of the first, it was widely regarded as one of the best. They eventually led efforts around the globe to establish vaccine programs.
Amid growing reports of whooping cough outbreaks across the state in 2015, it seems that their tireless work has long since been forgotten.
Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways.
It causes repeated coughing bouts that can last for two to three months or more, and can make babies and young children in particular very ill.
Whooping cough is spread in the droplets of the coughs or sneezes of someone with the infection.

1 comment:

  1. "Whooping cough is spread in the droplets of the coughs or sneezes of someone with the infection."

    Pertussis resulting in a dangerous infection requires much more than having a few bacteria infecting your child;s body.

    Seriously infectious Pertussis is ONLY spread when the pertussis bacteria infects a person with insufficient Vitamin C, most of us, and/or whose mother is not immunized, most children these days, NOT "vaccinated", immunized by having gotten the wild pertussis bacteria and defeated NATURALLY the resulting infection.

    It is beyond CLEAR that Vitamin C in sufficient GRAM doses can both PREVENT and TREAT Pertussis WITHOUT any "vaccination".

    Pertussis related deaths declined (by 95%) before pertussis vaccine was introduced.

    The disease is not vaccine preventable.

    The pertussis bacteria that are blamed for pertussis are always present in the air and so frequent exposure is inevitable.

    Thus it takes more than mere exposure to bacteria to cause the disease.

    The disease is treatable by vitamin C and a child can be made relatively comfortable with such treatment although the duration of the cough may not be shortened.

    The pertussis vaccine is almost certainly one of the causes of the increase in pertussis cases.

    Other vaccines may also contribute to recent increases in pertussis incidence.