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Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Effectiveness After 3 Years
2011-09-20 11:44:13

   A new study has found that the vaccine for whooping cough loses its effectiveness after three years. The new results released Monday come from a survey of 15,000 children in Marin County, California where an outbreak of the bacterial disease killed 11 infants and infected over 8,000 people in 2010. "When we first started having a pertussis outbreak, we assumed that this would be primarily in the unvaccinated population," Dr David Witt, of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center...

Survey Finds More Children Receiving Vaccines
2011-09-02 05:27:57

  A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that a higher percentage of children are receiving needed vaccines, despite fears that vaccines may cause autism or other health problems. The CDC reports that immunization rates for children aged 19-35 months for most vaccine preventable illnesses have increased or at least sustained high levels. Anne Schuchat, M.D., director of CDC´s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases says,...

2011-08-25 13:07:44

A report on over 1,000 research articles has found that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines. Experts from the Institute of Medicine reviewed the scientific literature on possible adverse effects of vaccines and found convincing evidence of 14 health outcomes caused by certain vaccines.  These outcomes include seizures, inflammation of the brain, and fainting.  The review also found evidence that there are no links between immunization and some...

2011-08-18 00:00:42

Shots available for influenza, pneumonia and whooping cough Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 17, 2011 Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, the nation's first and largest chain of integrative pharmacies, announced that it is now offering immunizations for influenza, pneumonia and whooping cough on a walk-in basis. The majority of Pharmaca's pharmacists are trained to provide the shots to any customer who requests one during open pharmacy hours. In addition, Pharmaca will hold Flu Shot Clinics every...

2011-08-11 07:00:00

SWIFTWATER, Pa. and WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sounds of Pertussis(R) Campaign motors into New York City today to rev up the third annual Pertussis Awareness Day with an array of educational and interactive activities, including the chance to join thousands of others across the country in the Race to Blanket America(SM) by designing a quilt square for the growing Sounds of Pertussis Protection Quilt. The Campaign encourages parents, grandparents, caregivers...

2011-07-08 21:16:00

NEW YORK, July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BOOSTRIX® [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed (Tdap)] for use in adults 65 years of age and older for active booster immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). This approval makes BOOSTRIX the first Tdap vaccine approved for use in this age group. With this expanded indication, BOOSTRIX is now...

Latest Pertussis Reference Libraries

2011-04-14 15:37:44

Bordetella pertussis is a Gram-negative, aerobic coccobacillus of the genus Bordetella. It is the causative agent of pertussis or whooping cough and it is non-motile. There is no zoonotic reservoir thus humans are the only hosts. Bacterium is spread by coughing and by nasal dripping after an incubation period of 7 to 14 days. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and characterized by a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in. Before the vaccine was developed there were...

2011-04-14 15:28:20

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a small, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Bordetella. It can cause bronchitis although it rarely infects humans. It is closely related to pertussis which causes whooping cough and B. bronchiseptica can persist in the environment for extended periods. Humans are not natural carriers of B. bronchiseptica, which normally infects the respiratory tracts of smaller mammals. It does not express pertussis toxin although it has the genes to do so which...

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