Vaccination Strategy Can Prevent a Deadly Childhood Infection

The sound of pertussis, or whooping cough, is terrifying. It is the sound of someone coughing violently, and then gasping for air; the gasp is the “whoop” sound. Whooping cough is a highly contagious, potentially fatal respiratory disease, and a big problem in Texas.
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Scientists debate why the number of whooping cough cases is up, and whether the effectiveness of a vaccine introduced within the last two decades is to blame.
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Background: Pertussis causes several outbreaks and concern worldwide. Despite high vaccination coverage, people of all ages are still affected, with significant morbidity and mortality.Aims and Objectives: To analyze all pertussis hospitalizations in Portuguese public hospitals, from 2000 to 2015, to help delineate preventive policies.Methods: Data was collected from a Portuguese administrative database, which contains all registered hospitalizations in mainland Portugal. Cases were identified using the ICD-9-CM code 033.x (whooping cough) as principal or secondary diagnosis, with hospital discharges between 2000 and 2015....
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Paediatric respiratory epidemiology Source Type: research
Bordetella pertussis is the etiological agent of pertussis, one of the most poorly controlled vaccine-preventable diseases in the world. Pertussis displays a range of severe pulmonary symptoms, including the hallmark paroxysmal cough (whooping cough) and can be fatal in infants. Further understanding of the molecular mechanisms of infection-associated exacerbation of airway inflammation and pathology is mandatory.To this purpose, we utilized a well-established model of in vitro monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDC) infection and analyzed by flow-cytometry, ELISA and RT-PCR the induction of diverse inflammatory mediators....
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Reported cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been on the rise since the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.?"Whooping cough is becoming more common, unfortunately, for a variety of reasons???maybe declining vaccination rates or waning immunity from our previous vaccines," says Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine specialist [...]
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Condition:   Pertussis Intervention:   Biological: Boostrix®-IPV combination vaccine Sponsors:   University of Oxford;   National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM);   University of Turku Recruiting
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