Whooping cough has been rampant in my area for at least five years. There is much controversy about who is contracting it, how it is spread and the integrity of the whooping cough vaccine. In the early days, the incidence of whooping cough was kept under cover as it was the vaccinated children who were succumbing. While this was happening, the doctors in my area told patients they had a 90 day bronchitis. Discussions were kept hush hush, patients with the symptoms were almost ushered in through the back door so that no one would see or notice them, probably keeping them isolated in case other patients were affected. Strange actions since the children were vaccinated and should have been immune. When, after three years of this secrecy, the government decided to make it public, it was because the unvaccinated were starting to come down with it. And as this is more in keeping with the vaccination protection, it was supposedly the best way to present it as the unvaccinated infecting the vaccinated, which is a pretty tall tale if you believe in vaccination protection. However, the next development in my area at least, was that one doctor had the temerity to question the quality of the vaccination itself. He was immediately howled down, berated, and pretty much humiliated publicly for daring to question the vaccination. The latest on the television reports is that there is now an accepted opinion that the whooping cough vaccination is inferior (substitute your own word, faulty, ineffective, whatever...) and Big Pharma is now bringing out a better one. The report is quick to point out that there is nothing wrong with the first one, even though those vaccinated with it in the latest unproven, unnecessary "coccooning" drive to vaccinate all the people around the children to protect the children, are the ones coming down with whooping cough. The report is a jumble, a mish mash of hopping from one side to the other, trying to say that the whooping cough vaccination was no good, so that's why there is new one out, but there is nothing wrong with the old one even though those vaccinated are coming down with the disease. It was such a rubbish report trying to cover mistakes that it was almost laughable.
The problem as I see it lies with doctors who can no longer recognise whooping cough, or have never had to recognise it, in all its mutated presentations. The vaccination changes the presentation and it ends up being called, or labelled as something else. Whooping cough has been around for ages, it's just now that it is actually being identified as whooping cough. Any doctor able to pinpoint the mutated symptoms was on top of this outbreak years ago.
About twelve months ago, one of my friends in England came down with all the symptoms of mutated whooping cough. Her doctors treated her with antibiotics for whatever it was that they decided it was and of course, nothing cleared it up. I offered my experience and suggested it was whooping cough. The response was nothing short of rude, arrogant, and totally disrespectful. There was no collegiate conversation about it, even though my experience with the whooping cough was over many years.
I would go so far as to say that whooping cough has been in England and Scotland for some time. It is just now that it is being labelled for what it is, not misdiagnosed as so many other things, rather than admit that it is whooping cough in countries where the vaccination is supposed to prevent it.