Revaccination for pertussis recommended for adolescents, adults

12/10/2004 | Medscape (free registration)

Immunity to pertussis is waning, and adolescents, as well as some adults, should be revaccinated to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to infants, a new report recommends. Researchers say in North America, there should be universal adolescent and adult vaccination, and in Europe, booster vaccinations for preschoolers and adolescents and selective vaccination of health care workers is more appropriate.

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