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The BMJ

Whooping cough in children after introduction of preschool pertussis booster vaccination

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Whooping cough (pertussis) is one of the most common vaccine preventable diseases, causing nearly 300 000 deaths a year in children worldwide. An accelerated schedule of primary pertussis vaccinations at 2, 3, and 4 months was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1990, and primary vaccine coverage has been more than 90% since 1992. However, immunity following vaccination is reported to last for only four to 12 years and immunity after infection for seven to 20 years. Pertussis in adolescents is recognised as a source of considerable socioeconomic burden. In the United States, pertussis was reported to be associated with a mean medical cost of $242 (£144; €177) and to cause absence from school in 83% of adolescents for a mean of 5.5 days over a two year period. Show less
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