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Any opinions on recent news reports of people who are vaccinated for pertussis being more likely to contract it than those who are not vaccinated?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
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In brief: Really?

I haven't heard this.
Could you post a link to a story? I'd be interested to read more about this.

In brief: Really?

I haven't heard this.
Could you post a link to a story? I'd be interested to read more about this.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Misconceptions

Before the 1990's, we couldn't give the old whole cell pertussis vaccine to kids over 6 due to severe local reactions.
That meant the population that had more pertussis were teens or adults who's immunity had wained.They were not at risk of dying like the babies,but had the "100 days cough". We now boost pre teens with the new vaccine as well a pregnant moms. It seems to have worked in that group

In brief: Misconceptions

Before the 1990's, we couldn't give the old whole cell pertussis vaccine to kids over 6 due to severe local reactions.
That meant the population that had more pertussis were teens or adults who's immunity had wained.They were not at risk of dying like the babies,but had the "100 days cough". We now boost pre teens with the new vaccine as well a pregnant moms. It seems to have worked in that group
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine

In brief: It doesn't say that

Thanks for the link, andreeeyuh.
The first sentence says, "immunized children between eight and 12 years old were more likely to catch the bacterial disease than kids of other ages". The article goes on to say that kids 8-12 get pertussis more often than others, not that those who are immunized get it more often than those who don't. The vaccine works, but it wears off.

In brief: It doesn't say that

Thanks for the link, andreeeyuh.
The first sentence says, "immunized children between eight and 12 years old were more likely to catch the bacterial disease than kids of other ages". The article goes on to say that kids 8-12 get pertussis more often than others, not that those who are immunized get it more often than those who don't. The vaccine works, but it wears off.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Oh, I'm sorry. I was answering your original question. Regarding the second question that you posted in the comments with the link... I don't know, and I don't think anyone really does at this point. For those that get a booster shot in their teenage years (or later), there are no further boosters that are currently recommended. That may change as more becomes known.
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