Advisory Committee recommends whooping cough vaccines for over 65s

February 22, 2012 by , filed under: Senior Health 

Pertussis commonly affects babies and children but adults can also be affected.

People over the age of 65 should get vaccinated against whooping cough, according to recommendations from an advisory panel in Atlanta.

The move could help to reduce the risk of adults spreading the disease to infants. Health experts believe that cases of whooping cough are under-reported, suggesting that more seniors have contracted the disease than figures show.

The guidelines, issued by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, tend to be taken on by the government, which then passes on the details to doctors and physicians.

Whooping cough is a bacterial disease that causes the sufferer to experience long fits of coughing where a a high pitched ‘whoop’ sound is heard. The medical term for the malady is pertussis.

 

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