Navigation Links
Whooping Cough Immunity Lasts 30 Years or More

Finding defies belief that resistance wears thin much sooner

FRIDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to whooping cough will provide immunity for an average of three decades, new research suggests.

Doctors had previously thought that immunity lasted for much less time. But the new study, by researchers based at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico, rebuts that assumption.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has become more common in the United States and elsewhere since the 1980s. Some health experts have thought that immunity is wearing off for people who'd been vaccinated or had been infected by the disease.

For the study, researchers used medical data from England and Wales from before a vaccine was available (1945-1957) as well as later (1958-1972). They created a mathematical model to determine how long immunity lasted after people were exposed naturally to the disease.

They found that immunity after natural infection lasts for at least three decades, on average, and maybe even as long as 70 years. The study suggests that people who lose some of their immunity might still have some protection and even gain more immunity when they're exposed again to whooping cough.

"This is surprising because clinical epidemiologists currently believe the duration of pertussis immunity is somewhere between four and 20 years," study co-author Pejman Rohani, of the University of Georgia, said in a news release from the publisher of PLoS Pathogens. The findings are published online Oct. 30 in the journal.

But there are caveats. "It's worth pointing out that in the past 20 years or so, the nature of the vaccines that have been used has changed quite fundamentally," Rohani said. "The data we're using are from a time when a whole-cell vaccine was in use. Now an acellular vaccine, which stimulates a different part of the immune system, is typically used, especially in North America."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on whooping cough.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: Public Library of Science, news release, Oct. 29, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Refusing Shots Puts Kids at Higher Risk for Whooping Cough
2. Parents of new babies should be considered for a whooping cough booster, say experts
3. Earlier Vaccination Could Cut Whooping Cough Deaths
4. Substance Abuse Expert Dr. Drew Joins Forces with the Five Moms to Raise Awareness About OTC Cough Medicine Abuse Among Teens
5. Kidz-Med Inc. Receives Large Purchase Order Leading to Substantial Sales Increase at Beginning of Cough and Cold Season
6. Centrix Pharmaceutical Announces Clofera(TM), a Unique Antitussive and Nasal Decongestant for the Temporary Relief of Cough and Nasal Congestion
7. Partnership for a Drug-Free America / MetLife Foundation Survey Shows More Parents Are Talking With Their Teens About Cough Medicine Abuse
8. Along With Hand Washing and Covering Up When Coughing, Add Nose Washing to Steps Consumers Looking to Take for Flu Prevention
9. New Partnership for a Drug-Free America 20th Annual Study Shows Progress in Teens Recognizing Dangers of OTC Cough Medicine Abuse
10. Popular cold and cough treatment may create respiratory distress in young children
11. New study shows that a cough medicine ingredient could effectively treat prostate cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, ... Table 1-1 ). More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – ... according to WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Intellitec Solutions ... SL User Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s official group for end users of ... SL software users, partners, industry experts and representatives. Intellitec Solutions’ membership status demonstrates ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 ... ... you start failing. Secura Consultants has prided itself for not only fulfilling the ... best income protection solutions at an affordable price and providing top-tier customer service. ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD ... Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography ... CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in the state ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Northern California Medical Associates, Inc. and Dr. Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at ... meeting. They observed that both STEMI and Sepsis conditions present in similar ways and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ... Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive ... offering. --> ) has ... Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in the ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , November 26, 2015 ... of the "Self Administration of High Viscosity ... ) has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. --> ... the addition of the "Self Administration of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015  The total global healthcare industry is expected to ... Latin America has the highest projected growth ... Japan ), is second with growth projected at ... increased healthcare expenditure. In 2013-2014, total government funded healthcare was ... 2008-2009 to 41.2% in 2013-2014. In real terms, out of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: