All U.S. Adults Should Get Whooping Cough ShotFeb-25-2012
U.S. health experts recommended Wednesday that all adults get vaccinated against whooping cough, an infectious bacterial disease that triggers uncontrollable coughing and is especially dangerous to infants.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to expand the vaccination recommendation to include all adults, including those aged 65 and older. Specifically, the panel recommended that adults aged 19 and older who have not been vaccinated should do so.
Children have been vaccinated against whooping cough since the middle of the last century.
Last September, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued revised recommendations for the so-called Tdap vaccine, which protects against whooping cough (pertussis) in older children and adults. The vaccine also protects against diphtheria and tetanus. All three illnesses are caused by bacteria, and are potentially deadly diseases.
The latest recommendation takes the September guidelines a step further.
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