Call for pertussis booster in over-65s

Pertussis boosters should be considered for people over 65 because the disease is more severe and confers a much higher risk of hospitalisation in older age groups, immunisation researchers say. 

About one in 20 people age more than 65 who develop pertussis are hospitalised, according to an analysis of the impact of whooping cough among 265,287 participants in a NSW study. 

Rates of hospitalisation for pertussis were five times higher for patients in the 65-74 age range and nine times higher for those over 75