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Seniors can now get vaccinated for Whooping Cough

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Undated (WXOW) - Whooping cough, or Pertussis, is an infectious disease that is highly contagious.

While there is a vaccine against the disease, it was not always considered safe for everyone.

However, a new Clinical Infectious Diseases study confirms that older adults can get the vaccine

Prior to 2011, the combined Tetanus-Diphtheria-Whooping Cough vaccine was not considered safe for adults 65 years of age or older mainly because there was no data available on this age group.

Therefore, researchers studied thousands of elderly people between 2006 and 2010 who received the combined vaccine.  They found that there was only a small increased risk of an adverse or allergic reaction in the first six days following the vaccination.

Researchers concluded that the seniors 65 and older are safe to receive the vaccine and reduce the risk of pertussis

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