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Hot Topics in Pediatric Infectious Disease: The Return of Whooping Cough














Despite high infant immunization rates, pertussis infection rates are increasing in many countries and pertussis outbreaks have occurred. Recent control strategies for pertussis have focused on immunizing adolescents and adults with pertussis booster vaccines in an effort to provide herd immunity. Participants will discuss these strategies as well as latebreaking data from the 2010 California outbreak that suggests the booster may be ineffective after 3 years.

- David Witt, MD, Kaiser Permanente Med. Ctr., San Rafael, CA
 
 

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