• Study Shows Effect of Vaccination on Spread and Diversification of Bordetella Pertussis
    The most comprehensive study to date of the family of bacteria that causes whooping cough points to more effective vaccine strategies and reveals surprising findings about the bacteria's origin and evolution. The new results could alter public health strategies to control ...More
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  • Whooping Cough Bacterium Evolves in Australia
    The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed in Australia - most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease - with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine as a result, a new study shows. A UNSW-led team of ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Changes in Hospital Orders Increase Pertussis Immunization Rates
    Changing the hospital orders for women who have just delivered a child led to a 69 percent increase in the new mothers' pertussis vaccination rate, providing protection for themselves and their newborns against the disease, commonly known as whooping cough, according ...More
    March 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Vaccine Antigen Disappearing from Bacteria in U.S.
    Vaccines for whooping cough contain three to five protective antigens, the presence of which are critical to the vaccine's effectiveness. But one of the antigens, pertactin, which had been present in almost all isolates of Bordetella pertussis in the U.S. as late as 2010, ...More
    December 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • FDA Study Helps Provide an Understanding of Rising Rates of Pertussis, Response to Vaccination
    A new study is helping to provide a better understanding of vaccines for pertussis, or whooping cough. Based on an animal model, the study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and published Nov. 25, 2013, in The Proceedings of the National Academy of ...More
    November 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Emphasizes Importance of Teen Vaccination for Pertussis
    Widespread vaccination of adolescents for pertussis was associated with lower rates of infant hospitalizations for the respiratory infection than would have been expected had teens not been inoculated according to new research in Pediatrics. Reporting their results online ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • GSK Research Estimates Significantly Higher Rates of Pertussis Among Older Adults Than Reported
    The incidence of pertussis among U.S. adults 50 and older may be greatly under-reported and under-recognized, according to findings from a study conducted by GlaxoSmithKline researchers who analyzed approximately 48 million cases of cough-related illness in the U.S. between ...More
    September 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Under-Vaccination Appears Associated with Increased Risk of Whooping Cough
    Under-vaccination with the diptheria, tetanus toxoids and acelluar pertussis (DTaP) vaccine appears to be associated with an increased risk of pertussis (whooping cough) in children 3 to 36 months of age, according to a study by Jason M. Glanz, PhD, of the Institute for ...More
    September 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • Pertussis Prompts Texas Health Alert
    The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they’re vaccinated against pertussis after projections show the number of people sick with the deadly disease this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years. “This is ...More
    September 6, 2013 Posted in News
  • Whooping Cough Has Lifelong Health Impact, Study Finds
    People born during whooping cough outbreaks are more likely to die prematurely even if they survive into adulthood, research at Lund University in Sweden has found. Women had a 20 percent higher risk of an early death, and men a staggering 40 percent. Women also suffered ...More
    June 18, 2013 Posted in News
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