Professor warns whooping cough outbreak is imminent - key signs to spot
An expert has warned that the bacterial infection, which is more contagious than COVID-19, could spike in spring and summer months. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 10, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Vaccine Hesitancy 'Widens Immunity Gaps, Increases Risk of Outbreaks'
[allAfrica] In 1999, Grade 5 brought for me a revelation like no other - vaccines! The idea that weak disease-causing organisms could transform our bodies into warriors against killer diseases was nothing short of miraculous. From the top of my head I remember that some of the killer diseases were polio, diptheria, measles, whooping cough, tetanus and tuberculosis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 29, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Africa Health and Medicine Science and Biotechnology Sustainable Development Source Type: news

Whooping cough still spreading as southern Alberta outbreak grows
Dozens more cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been identified as an outbreak in southern Alberta shows no signs of letting up. And sporadic cases of the highly contagious disease, which can be prevented through vaccination, are popping up elsewhere in the province. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 13, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

South Africa: Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in South Africa - a Sign of Low Vaccination Coverage, Experts Warn
[The Conversation Africa] The concentrated global effort to use vaccination as a public health intervention began in 1974. Since then, vaccination has changed our lives. Worldwide, in the decades 2000-2020, childhood vaccination led to the reduction of deaths in children under 5 by 50% to 5.4 million deaths per year. Vaccination currently averts more than 5 million deaths each year worldwide. These are deaths that would have been caused by measles, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, diphtheria, pneumonia, rotavirus diarrhoea, and othe (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 15, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Health and Medicine South Africa Southern Africa Source Type: news

FDA advisers agree maternal RSV vaccine protects infants, but are divided on its safety
A committee of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday voted unanimously that a vaccine from Pfizer, given as an injection during pregnancy, is efficacious at protecting infants from severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease during the first 6 months of life. If approved by the agency, the vaccine would a major advance against a disease that is the leading cause of hospitalization of U.S. infants. But troubled by side effect data from Pfizer’s trials and by another big drugmaker’s abandonment of a similar vaccine given during pregnancy, the panel split on the question of the vaccine’s...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 19, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

Newborns at ‘serious risk’ amid low whooping cough vaccine uptake 
A seven-year low in uptake for whooping cough vaccines has sparked concerns about the serious risk of newborns being hospitalised, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. Latest data shows that uptake of the maternal whooping cough vaccine in 2022 fell to 61.5% across England and 41.4% in London, the lowest level since 2016... Read moreThe post Newborns at ‘serious risk’ amid low whooping cough vaccine uptake  appeared first on Nursing in Practice. (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 5, 2023 Category: Nursing Authors: Wiliam Hunter Tags: Paediatrics Women's health Source Type: news

Pertussis vaccination in pregnant women hits seven-year low
Vaccination against whooping cough in pregnant women in England has dropped to a seven year low, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 4, 2023 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

We must continue to guard against the anti-vaccine movement | Letters
Bernard Bedford, Dr Andrew HillandAndrew Scaife respond to an article by Devi Sridhar on the dangers of vaccine scepticism, especially with regard to childrenI wholeheartedly agree with Devi Sridhar ’s concern about dwindling childhood protection from infectious diseases (In a sceptical era, understand this: vaccines do work - and our children need them, 27 March). Coming from a small hamlet near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, I developed measles, mumps, then whooping cough in rapid succession on starting primary school. I spent most of my first four months off school. I was fortunate to join a long queue and receive my firs...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 28, 2023 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Society Health Health policy Source Type: news

Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy: vaccine coverage (England), UKHSA (updated 14th February 2023)
Vaccine uptake data and commentary about the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination programme for pregnant women. 14 February 2023Added HPR 17(2) report for July to September 2022 and associated data file. 29 November 2022Added HPR 16(12) report for April to June 2022 and associated data file. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do you know who to talk to about your child's routine vaccinations?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), routine vaccinations for kindergarten in the U.S. fell to 93% during the 2021-2022 school year. That's the second year in a row routine vaccination rates decreased. The vaccines help prevent potentially fatal or severe illnesses, including diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) and others.  The CDC says there are several reasons for the decline, including the possibility that  misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines may have played… (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 9, 2023 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

For Baby's Sake, Moms-to-Be Need the Whooping Cough Vaccine: CDC
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2023 -- Pregnant women can help protect their newborns from whooping cough by getting a Tdap vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked cases of infant whooping... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - February 8, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

CDC: Maternal Tdap Vaccine Reduced Whooping Cough in Newborns
(MedPage Today) -- Since its implementation 12 years ago, the maternal tetanus, reduced diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine has contributed to a decrease in pertussis among the youngest infants. Following the implementation of the... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 6, 2023 Category: American Health Source Type: news

DHS Announces Immunization Updates for Children in Child Care Centers and Schools
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced updates to the immunizations needed for children in child care centers and schools. The changes include updated requirements related to meningitis and whooping cough immunizations, and that past chickenpox infection must be documented by a qualified medical professional. There is no change to existing exemption options for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. Seasonal flu vaccination or COVID-19 vaccination are not required...(see release)JenniferC.MillerFebruary 1, 2023 (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 1, 2023 Category: Hospital Management Authors: JenniferC.Miller Source Type: news

Montreal health officials look to reverse decline of routine childhood vaccinations
A growing number of kids have yet to be inoculated against dangerous diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and rubella, said Benoît Corriveau, a resident doctor with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

December 2022
Healthy Weight Control : Balancing Eating and Exercise Popular Diabetes Drugs Compared in Large Trial Wipe Out Whooping Cough : Recognize and Prevent This Serious Illness Lung Health and Our Environment Why Are Drugs So Hard To Quit? (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - November 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news