Pertussis vaccine 'wanes' over time for children

Risk is five times higher more than three years after the last dose: study

The risk of vaccinated children developing pertussis increases with the time since their last dose, in research suggesting that waning effectiveness between injections is a significant contributor to outbreaks.


Fully vaccinated children make up four out of five cases of pertussis in parts of California, according to a study in Pediatrics.

“Children who were further away from their last dose were at increased risk of pertussis, even after controlling for undervaccination,” the researchers wrote.

They looked at the electronic health