Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Whopping numbers on whooping cough

(HealthDay)—The return of measles made headlines in recent years, but it's not the only disease that poses a particular threat to kids that has experienced a resurgence.

Pediatrics

Infant ab levels highest with Tdap vax in early 3rd trimester

(HealthDay)—Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines given to pregnant women early in the third trimester may offer the most protection against infant pertussis, according to a study published in the ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

CDC: Vaccination rates more than 95 percent for kindergartners

(HealthDay)—Overall vaccination coverage is high among the nation's kindergarten students, according to research published in the Oct. 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Whooping cough vaccine: The power of first impressions

The current whooping cough vaccine was universally adopted in the US in 1996 to replace the original vaccine based on killed Bordetella pertussis because of a stronger safety profile. The new formulation was found to be effective ...

Pediatrics

Why is whooping cough on the rise?

Watching an infant suffer through a bout of whooping cough is agonizing. Blue face scrunched with effort, the baby strains to take a breath through a narrowed windpipe. She struggles, choking, for what seems like eons. Finally, ...

Pediatrics

Protecting newborns from pertussis

Dear Mayo Clinic: I am four months pregnant and live in an area where there has been a pertussis outbreak. What's the best way to keep my newborn baby safe until he or she can get the vaccine?

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