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Canadian study — Pertussis vaccine only effective for three years

Researchers have found that the current Pertussis or whooping cough vaccine is highly effective for the first three years after it is administered, but its effectiveness starts to wane over the next few years, leaving little protection.

Whooping cough transmitted by siblings

A new U.S. study has found that infants are more likely to catch whooping cough from their siblings and rather than from their mothers. This could change established health practices.

Pertussis — New findings lead to new approaches in treatment

Basel - Since 2010, the incidence of Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, around the world has seen a dramatic increase. Researchers at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, have been investigating the protein membrane of the bacterium that causes Pertussis.

Woman defects from anti-vaxxers — Her seven kids get Pertussis

A Canadian mother has defected from the anti-vaxxer camp after all seven of her children came down with whooping cough. After one week of enforced isolation in their Ottawa home, Tara Hill spoke out.

CA bill banning child vaccine exemptions gets go-ahead

Sacramento - After the severest measles outbreak in decades occurred earlier this year, California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would prevent most parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children enrolled in school.

Whooping cough has evolved - vaccine has been outsmarted

There has been a global resurgence in the number of cases of whooping cough in the past decade. Researchers say this may be because the bacterium that causes the disease has been able to outsmart the current vaccine being used.

Whooping cough remains a problem in the U.S.

Bethesda - The latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that whooping cough continues to increase across the U.S.

Whooping cough cases rise in the U.S.

Cases of whooping cough are rising across the U.S. This has been attributed to a recently altered vaccine and parents who are opting their children out of inoculations.

Whooping cough epidemic in California

San Francisco - Californian state health department has reported a serious whooping cough (pertussis) outbreak. The incidences are said to be at "epidemic proportions".

Whooping cough levels at their highest since 1955

The U.S. has seen its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures. Incidents of the disease are at near record highs.

Health authority demands retraction about oil of oregano ad Special

Vancouver - A Canadian company's newspaper ad that claims oil of oregano is a safer alternative to vaccination to prevent whooping cough has health officials demanding a retraction.

Whooping cough causes concern for health care

There has been another outbreak of whooping cough and experts are worried this could lead to an epidemic. Health professionals are looking into ways of providing protection from the disease.

CDC: US is on track for record high whooping cough rates in 2012

Atlanta - After releasing the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on the whooping cough epidemic that’s occurring in Washington state, the Centers for Disease Control said as of Thursday, "nationwide, nearly 18,000 cases have been reported to CDC."

US whooping cough epidemic may be the worst since 1959

The US is going through its worst case of whooping cough outbreak in more than five decades, with a rising number of cases in several states. Health officials are expressing concern that the pattern indicates a problem with effectiveness of vaccine.

Study: Whooping cough outbreak linked to vaccinated children

San Rafael - An investigation by California doctors has revealed that the state's latest outbreak of whooping cough centered around children who had already received the whooping cough vaccine, Reuters reports.

NY whooping cough cases highest since 1999

New York - Early this year, 13 diagnosed cases of whooping cough were in Smithtown, New York. As the year progressed, that number would increase drastically to 216 cases throughout the entire Suffolk County.

Whooping cough strikes again in the U.S.

Whooping cough has claimed the life of a tenth baby in the U.S. Health officials say it is the worst outbreak of pertussis in 60 years.

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Screen grab of mother holding infant girl in Intensive Care Unit. The baby has pertussis and is coug...
Screen grab of mother holding infant girl in Intensive Care Unit. The baby has pertussis and is coughing severely.
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Gram stain of the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.
Gram stain of the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.
A child presents with pertussis.
A child presents with pertussis.
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File photo: Child with whooping cough.
File photo: Child with whooping cough.
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