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Jul 19, 2012

Jul 19, 2012

CDC: Pertussis numbers suggest vaccine protection gap

(CIDRAP News) – With the United States heading toward the highest pertussis case count in decades, health officials have found an unusual illness spike in 13- and 14-year-olds in Washington state's epidemic that suggests waning vaccine immunity may be a contributing factor, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Feb 22, 2012

Feb 22, 2012

Vaccine advisors streamline pertussis advice for adults

(CIDRAP News) – Federal vaccine advisors today simplified their pertussis immunization recommendation for adults by advising that all those over age 19—including seniors 65 and older—should receive one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine if they haven't received it already.

Sep 27, 2011

Sep 27, 2011

Study finds protection gap in postpartum pertussis vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Vaccinating women during the postpartum period is one strategy used to protect newborns against pertussis, but an optimal antibody response may not occur fast enough to protect babies during the first few weeks of life, Canadian researchers reported yesterday.


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