Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Since the early 1980s, there has been an overall trend of an increase in reported pertussis cases. Participants will discuss the results of a new study estimating that between 2006 and 2010, the incidence of cough illnesses attributed to B. pertussis has nearly doubled in Americans aged 50-64 and more than doubled in Americans over the age of 65. They will also discuss new data suggesting current pertussis vaccines are inadequate.
- Cristina Masseria, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, King of Prussia, PA
- Roger Baxter, Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, Oakland, CA