CDC Recommends Booster To Whoop Whooping Cough
In 2004, 19,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the United States. This is a sharp increase since the lowest incidence in the nation’s history, when the US enjoyed only 1,020 cases in 1976.
The Centers for Diseases Control are recommending booster vaccinations to help curb the spate in whooping cough, or pertussis, cases.
The bacterial infection, which is most threatening in infants, is best controlled by vaccinations. It is recommended to have babies vaccinated for whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus at 2 months old, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and between 4- and 6-years old.
Because benefits of the early series of vaccinations recede after 5 to 10 years, the CDC recommends that all 11- and 12-year-olds be given a booster shot.
During a two-day meeting in New York, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also beefed up recommendations on hepatitis B and chicken pox vaccines.
Adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 who have missed a booster shot have also been advised to receive a booster shot.