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Whooping cough vaccine for adults

October 27, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- A new vaccine would safeguard adults against whooping cough.

Previously, the whooping cough vaccine was reserved for children seven years old or younger. Infection control experts at Archbold in Thomasville are giving a new version the thumbs up. Today, a national panel recommended the vaccine for whooping cough be added to the tetanus-diptheria booster shot for adults.

Experts at Archbold say they support that because the rare respiratory disease can be contagious. "They've developed a new vaccine that is safe for people 11 to 64. That's important, because we've had outbreaks of pertusis, not in the South, but in other parts of the country," says Infection Control Coordinator, Annette Warren.

About 26,000 cases of whooping cough were reported last year. That's up from less than 10,000 five years ago.

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