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Nation's First 'Cocoon Strategy' Vaccination Program Delivers 10,000th Immunization
Date:2/3/2010

HOUSTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians from the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at Texas Children's Hospital reported that 10,000 Tdap immunizations have been administered to immediate family members of newborn babies at part of the nation's first and only major "cocoon strategy" vaccination program.  Designed to protect infants from the life-threatening and highly contagious pertussis (whooping cough) infection, the program aims to vaccinate family members who come in close contact with the infant.  

(For more information about the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, see: http://bit.ly/9iIpEQ.)

Implemented at Harris County Hospital District's Ben Taub General Hospital, where the population is generally at higher risk for whooping cough, the cocoon strategy is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the only protection against whooping cough available to infants less than six months of age, too young to be protected by their childhood vaccines.  More than 75 percent of young infants who contract whooping cough are infected by a member of their household.

Whooping cough cases in the U.S. rose 27 percent in 2008 to 13,200 cases, with 15 percent (
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SOURCE Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at Texas Children's Hospital
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