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Why is the pertussis vaccine only given for the first six years?

As your children grow older, their immune systems will mature and grow stronger. Until then, the pertussis vaccine boosts their immunity so that they will be protected from the highly infectious respiratory diseases. A booster shot may be given when the child is 10 or 11 years of age.

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