Whooping cough vaccine recommended for seniors

The AP reports that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has voted “to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven’t gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult.”

Medscape reports, “The ACIP reached its decision after considering the rebound that pertussis has made in the United States over the last 30 years. The number of reported cases peaked in 2010 at 27,550, with roughly 700 involving seniors, according to the CDC.”

MedPage Today reports, “The vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) effectively establishes a recommendation of ‘universal’ Tdap vaccination for all patients ages 19 and up.”

Currently, Tdap is recommended in a single booster dose every 10 years for adults ages 19 to 64, and in those 65 and older who are likely to come in contact with infants younger than 12 months, such as grandparents and healthcare workers.

HealthDay reports, “Dr. Jennifer Liang, a CDC epidemiologist, explained that the agency had already recommended adult vaccination in 2005 but at the time the advisory did not extend to adults age 65 and older because ‘there wasn’t any pertussis vaccine available for this population.’”

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