Study: Pertussis shots for adults may extend protection to infants

07/6/2011 | Reuters

Data on Seattle babies who contracted pertussis showed that about 50% of people who had regular contact with them were qualified to get booster shots, which, researchers say, may have also protected the infants against the infection. Better diagnosis and reporting as well as regional differences may play a role in why Seattle babies were more likely to get whooping cough, researchers wrote in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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