Pertussis vax reach: cocooning touted

Paediatrician Dr Tom Snelling from the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth said pertussis notifications increased fivefold between 2008 and 2012. While notification rates have declined since 2012, he said its resurgence in other developed countries means Australia needs to consider new strategies to avoid more epidemics.

“The UK and US have moved ahead of Australia to clearly recommend routine immunisation in pregnancy. I think on the basis of our data, Australia should follow suit before the next epidemic occurs. In