Pertussis vax in pregnancy may become routine

The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last year called for a shift away from “cocooning” strategies, in place since 2005, instead supporting antepartum vaccination of pregnant women.

“ATAGI [Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation] is currently considering the place of antepartum pertussis vaccination in the Australian setting,” a spokesperson said, after the experts met in February.

“It is anticipated that a recommendation regarding antepartum vaccination will be included in the 10th edition of The