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Study: Older Whooping Cough Vaccine More Effective
Date:5/20/2013

that those who are most vulnerable are protected, and in the case of whooping cough that's usually infants.

"Newborns and babies in the first few months of life are the most likely to die from pertussis," he said. "That's why the CDC recommends that pregnant women get the acellular vaccine in the last trimester of pregnancy. It will give their babies antibodies to protect them when they're most vulnerable."

Results of the study were released online May 20 in Pediatrics and will appear in the June print issue of the journal.

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Learn more about whooping cough and the pertussis vaccine from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Nicola Klein, M.D., Ph.D., co-director, Northern California Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, Oakland, Calif.; Kenneth Bromberg, M.D., director, Vaccine Research Center, and chairman of pediatrics, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; May 20, 2013, Pediatrics, online


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