Study Emphasizes Importance of Teen Vaccination for Pertussis

Source: Infection Control Today


Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Michigan found that infant hospitalizations for pertussis were lower when adolescents were widely vaccinated against the respiratory infection. The study, published in Pediatrics, looked at data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample and found lower infant hospitalization rates from 2008 to 2011, the four years after the teen vaccination recommendations were implemented. There were 3.27 hospitalizations per 10,000 infants in 2011, but without the teen vaccination recommendations, researchers predict that the rate would have been 12 hospitalizations per 10,000 infants. “While it is encouraging to find a modest reduction in infant hospitalizations after the vaccination of adolescents began, there were still more than 1,000 infants hospitalized for pertussis in 2011,” says Dr. Katherine Auger, lead author and a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s. Expecting parents should discuss with their doctors the need for vaccination of all caregivers before the birth of a baby.”

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