Whooping cough vaccine protection wanes after 5 years

09/12/2012 | Family Practice News

Children's risk of whooping cough increased by 42% per year after the fifth dose of DTaP was administered, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers looked at vaccinated children in California who had tested positive for pertussis and found older age and longer time since receiving the fifth dose of DTaP were tied to a higher rate of pertussis.

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