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Whooping cough vaccine less effective over time for middle school children

Whooping cough vaccine less effective over time for middle school children

A new study was published in the journal Pediatrics indicates “the protection offered by middle-school whooping cough vaccines fades with each passing year, leaving teens vulnerable to infection as they age.

The study, found that “the shot protects 69% of 11- and 12-year-old in the first year after vaccination, but within four years, just 9% of these children have sufficient protection from the infection.”

A new, more effective vaccine against whooping cough is needed, but a change in schedule might be effective until one is developed.

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