Journal article

Protecting newborns from pertussis: The role of partner vaccination in the era of maternal immunization.

Sushena Krishnaswamy, Euan M Wallace, Allen C Cheng, Jim Buttery, Michelle L Giles

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE(S): While antenatal vaccination is the most effective strategy to reduce newborn pertussis infection and its associated morbidity and mortality, uptake has consistently been reported to be suboptimal. "Cocooning" or vaccination of the close contacts of newborns therefore remains an important strategy for protecting newborns when maternal vaccination has not occurred or with insufficient time for antibody transfer. This study assesses the uptake of pertussis vaccination by parents and close contacts of newborns providing insight into the vulnerability of newborns to pertussis upon discharge from hospital to their primary carers. STUDY DESIGN: The study was conducted at three public ..

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