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Pertussis vax in late pregnancy

QUEENSLAND GPs will be able to offer pregnant women free pertussis vaccination in their third trimester from late July, with at least one other state actively considering the same strategy.

Pertussis found in one fifth of vaccinated children

Pertussis found in one fifth of vaccinated children

PERTUSSIS can still be diagnosed in up to one fifth of fully-vaccinated school-age children who present to their GP with a persistent cough.

Acellular pertussis vax wanes drastically

Acellular pertussis vax wanes drastically

THE acellular pertussis vaccine effectively protects children against severe forms of whooping cough but its effectiveness rapidly declines from two years after the last dose, Queensland research has confirmed.

Pertussis vax overhaul to fund cocooning touted

Pertussis vax overhaul to fund cocooning touted

PERTUSSIS vaccination should be federally funded for pregnant women, fathers, grandparents and siblings as part of an immunisation strategy overhaul to prevent whooping cough epidemics in newborns, a conference has been told.

New HCCC complaint against AVN underway

A FRESH investigation into anti-vaccination campaigners is aiming to clamp down on their ability to publish misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information.

Pertussis vax acceptable in pregnancy

THE vast majority of Australian women (80%) would follow a recommendation to have the pertussis vaccine during pregnancy, research reveals.

Pertussis plan: give vaccine in pregnancy

Pertussis plan: give vaccine in pregnancy

THE vast majority of Australian women (80%) would follow a recommendation to have the pertussis vaccine during pregnancy, research reveals.

Study favours pertussis vax in pregnancy

Study favours pertussis vax in pregnancy

AUSTRALIAN experts say pertussis vaccination in pregnancy is likely to be more effective than postpartum vaccination, despite a lack of real world data.

Pertussis vax to protect earlier

THE timing of pertussis vaccination in infants and children has been moved forward to minimise the risk of infection, according to the latest Australian Immunisation Handbook.

Infant pertussis vaccine moved forward

Infant pertussis vaccine moved forward

THE timing of pertussis vaccination in infants and children has been moved forward to minimise infection, according to the latest Australian Immunisation Handbook released today.

Pertussis cocooning is effective

Pertussis cocooning is effective

BABIES whose mothers have been immunised against pertussis during or before pregnancy appear to be protected against infection via placental transfer of maternal antibodies, experts say.

Pre-pregnancy pertussis vaccination most effective: study

Pre-pregnancy pertussis vaccination most effective: study

VACCINATING women before pregnancy could have the greatest impact on preventing pertussis infection in babies, a much-anticipated study of the cocooning strategy has suggested.

Aust pertussis vax rates lacking

AUSTRALIA has one of the lowest rates of pertussis vaccination in the developed world, according to a new report.

Australia trails other countries on pertussis vaccination

AUSTRALIA has one of the lowest rates of pertussis vaccination in the developed world, according to a new report.

National pertussis cocooning vaccination approach lacking

National pertussis cocooning vaccination approach lacking

THE tragic death of a Queensland infant from pertussis has highlighted the lack of a national approach to booster vaccination for family members.

Study backs pertussis vax in late stage of pregnancy

Study backs pertussis vax in late stage of pregnancy

THE first study of its kind to evaluate pertussis immunisation strategies among US women backs vaccination late in pregnancy to protect infants.

Australia lags behind on antenatal pertussis vax

Australia lags behind on antenatal pertussis vax

A STRONG national recommendation on vaccination of pregnant women against pertussis would benefit Australia, according to experts, as the UK moves to implement a temporary program.

Antepartum pertussis vax optimal

IMMUNISING parents against pertussis at least two weeks prior to childbirth would have a greater impact on infant hospitalisations than vaccination after birth or two weeks later, US research suggests.

Cocooning program abandoned as pertussis epidemic wanes

Cocooning program abandoned as pertussis epidemic wanes

AS AUSTRALIA winds back its pertussis cocooning program, NSW Health will now offer free vaccination for new mothers only, while most other states cease to offer any parent/carer protection.

Plea to continue pertussis booster program

Plea to continue pertussis booster program

STATE governments should consider maintaining free pertussis booster programs for new parents until clinical data on other potential vaccination strategies are available, the AMA says.

New pertussis strain responsible for Australian epidemic

New pertussis strain responsible for Australian epidemic: experts

A NEW dominant strain of the Bordetella pertussis bacterium may be driving Australia’s epidemic of infection, experts have warned.

Pertussis vax in pregnancy may become routine

AUSTRALIAN immunisation experts are considering following the US move to recommend routine vaccination of pregnant women against pertussis.

Pertussis vax in pregnancy may become routine

AUSTRALIAN immunisation experts are considering following the US move to recommend routine vaccination of pregnant women against pertussis.

Family tax benefits only for immunised children

PARENTS will soon face a loss of family benefits if they opt out of early childhood vaccination programs.

$80,000 boost for adult immunisation

$80,000 boost for adult immunisation

THREE general practice focused vaccination programs are set to share in $80,000 worth of grant funding as part of an adult immunisation program being run by pharmaceuticals manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

Vaccine in pregnancy may prevent pertussis deaths

Vaccination of pregnant women against pertussis may emerge as the most effective response to the recent epidemic, says a leading immunisation expert. Professor Peter McIntyre, director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), said more research was needed to evaluate cocooning strategies, including immunising pregnant women as recommended this year by the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. “The main issue is, would pregnant women go along with it … and that usually comes down to what their obstetrician or GP recommends,” Professor McIntyre said. “The lack of success at getting women ...

Pertussis outbreak goes into natural decline

AUSTRALIA’S pertussis epidemic may be easing following a peak in notifications in 2010, experts say. There were almost 35,000 pertussis notifications, or 156 cases per 100,000 in the population, last year. “Once it has infected a high proportion of the population it has nowhere to go and so it has to decline in incidence,” said Professor Robert Booy, head of the clinical research team at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), Sydney. “I expect over the next few months we will see fewer and fewer notifications in most parts of Australia, which ...

Whooping cough vax rates in adults concerning

FEW Australian adults have had a booster dose of whooping cough vaccine, according to new research, despite the recent epidemic. An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) vaccination survey showed that only one in nine Australians aged 18 years and over had ever received a pertussis vaccination as an adult or adolescent. However, 45% of those vaccinations had been received during 2009. Pertussis vaccine coverage was 43% among the 'at-risk' group, which included parents of young infants, adults working with young children and healthcare workers. Adult vaccination against whooping cough varied widely among the ...

Whooping cough claims another infant

ANOTHER baby has died from whooping cough as the epidemic continues, leading to renewed calls for parents and carers to be vaccinated. A spokesperson for the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne said a newborn had been transferred to the hospital on Monday and was later diagnosed with whooping cough. "The baby was provided appropriate care but sadly died later that day," the spokesperson said. The hospital said appropriate follow-up and infection control measures had been taken as a result of the case. "It is important that new parents take advantage of the free whooping cough ...

Pertussis rising in vaccinated children

AS pertussis cases continue to mount around Australia, the disease is being increasingly seen in immunised primary school-age children, experts say. NSW Health recently alerted GPs that babies were at risk from older siblings whose immunity from vaccination may have waned, and warned pertussis “can occur in fully vaccinated children”. Notifiable diseases data shows Australia has recorded more than 24,000 pertussis cases to date this year, compared to 29,000 last year. However, Professor Peter McIntyre, director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said while Australia appeared to be “swimming in pertussis”, the high ...

Pertussis epidemic may see return of 18-month booster

GPs are being urged to bring forward the first DTPa dose to six weeks as part of a fresh attempt to combat the pertussis epidemic.A return of the 18-month dose is also on the agenda amid concern that its removal has led to waning childhood immunity. Professor Peter McIntyre, director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said starting DTPa at six weeks instead of eight was already recommended in NSW, but it should be considered nationally. “ATAGI is reviewing both the six-week dose and the question of whether we need to do anything about ...

New strains challenge pertussis vax

THE acellular pertussis vaccine may not be protective against two strains of the bacteria circulating in Australia, researchers say. Analysis of 200 stored samples of Bordetella pertussis showed significant genetic mutations had occurred over the past decade. Co-author Associate Professor Ruiting Lan, from the University of NSW school of biotechnology and biomolecular sciences, said the introduction of the acellular vaccine might have contributed to the changes. The whole cell vaccine – abandoned in 2000 – contained hundreds of antigens whereas the acellular vaccine contained only three to five, he said. Significant outbreaks of pertussis ...

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