The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its recommendations for the whooping cough vaccine. The revision comes after a study into an outbreak of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, that occurred in California in 2010. Dr. David Grossman, Lucas County Health Commissioner, explains that the outbreak targeted children under 10. "We found that kids between the ages of 8 and 11 were the ones catching it so it appears that the protection was waning a little bit and so we urge people to get it as soon as you can," Dr. Grossman said.
Under normal circumstances children get 5 doses of the vaccine beginning at age 2 months until they reach age 5. Then they would get a booster shot after they reach 11 years of age. Now it is recommended that that children get one dose of the vaccine between the ages of 7 and 11 when childhood immunization is unknown or incomplete.
Dr. Mohammad El Fayyad of the Fallen Timbers Family Physicians Group, says that older people with consistent interaction with small children should get a booster shot. "For someone who is 65 or older that is around small children a lot, like a teacher or nurse it is recommended to take 1 shot," Dr. El Sayyad said.
Whooping cough affects over 45 million people each year and leads to the death of 295,000 people.
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