Antepartum pertussis vax optimal

As most Australian states wind back their cocooning programs, the authors make a case for pre-pregnancy or antepartum vaccination as optimal.

“Although the benefit of parental DTPa immunisation should be greatest when administered ≥2 weeks prior to delivery, immunising parents in the immediate postpartum and at the two-week newborn visit remain important opportunities to protect vulnerable infants,” they added.

Based on infant hospitalisation rates and adult vaccine efficacy data, they estimated if both parents were immunised at least two weeks before the birth some 2694–9314 hospitalisations