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Who should be vaccinated against whooping cough?

"Both children and adults need to be vaccinated against whooping cough," says UCLA pediatric infectious-disease specialist James Cherry, MD. This should include:
  • Anyone 7 years and older who is not fully immunized, including those who are older than 64.
  • Women of childbearing age, before, during or immediately after pregnancy.
  • Other people who have contact with pregnant women or infants.
Children receive the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine as part of their routine immunizations. But since 2005, a booster shot (Tdap) has been available for adolescents and adults with a special vaccine prepared for older persons. Says Dr. Cherry, "This is important because even if you have had the vaccinations in childhood, immunity wanes after about five years. The big push now is to get more people to use these adolescent and adult Tdap booster vaccines -- in particular, women who are pregnant or have just given birth, along with the infant’s father, siblings and grandparents. This is known as a cocoon strategy and can prevent a good deal of early infant infection."

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