Cocooning protects children against pertussis

‘Cocooning' infants by vaccinating parents against pertussis confers protection against the disease, an Australian study shows, calling into question the recent axing of cocooning programs.

Newborns of parents who received booster vaccinations with dTpa had 51% greater protection against childhood pertussis compared with infants of unvaccinated parents, NSW researchers have reported.

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