Pertussis (whooping cough) still a danger to infants - Infographic

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Volume 44-9, September 6, 2018: Respiratory infections

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Volume 44-9, September 6, 2018: Pertussis (whooping cough) still a danger to infants: infographic

Volume 44-9, September 6, 2018: Pertussis (whooping cough) still a danger to infants: infographic
  • Pertussis vaccine immunity wanes over time
    • Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a respiratory tract infection that can be prevented with vaccination.
    • However, protection takes several shots to establish and then protection wanes over time.
  • Young infants are most at risk
    • Infants less than three months of age have only received one dose of the vaccine.
    • A recent study found most infants less than three months with pertussis had severe disease and of those Footnote 1:
      • 92% required hospitalization
      • 28% intensive care admission
  • How to prevent infection
    • Make sure you and your family are up to date with your vaccines Footnote 2:
      1. Routine childhood immunization schedule at 2, 4, 6, 12-23 months and 4-6 years
      2. Adolescent booster at 14-16 years
      3. Adult booster
      4. With every pregnancy
        • Protective antibodies are transferred to the baby
        • Best between 27-32 weeks
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