Parents' Whooping Cough Vaccines May Protect Babies (STUDY)

September 16, 2014 7:06 PM

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(Reuters Health) - When babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine, vaccinating their parents might protect them from the dangerous infection, a new study suggests.

Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis - also known as whooping cough - when their parents had been immunized against the infection at least four weeks earlier, compared to children in homes where parents weren’t immunized, researchers found.

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