Why need a booster dose for whooping cough?
30-October-2012: Statistical data has shown that more than 26,000 new clinical cases of pertussis have been found this year making it as the largest outbreak of this disease for the past 50 years.
Hence, researchers have called for more clinical research in terms of the vaccine as an effective approach for dealing potently with the disease, which is commonly known as whooping cough.
The main reason for carrying out the vaccine research is that the defensive action of the vaccine is found to ultimately take a diminishing route with respect to time.
The vaccine that came into existence in 1990s was found to protect around 98% of the children within the first year after its dose. While, only 70% kids were clinically protective after 5 years span.
Whereas, if a child takes all the recommended 5 doses of the vaccine by the age of 4 – 6; then he/she is still liable to get afflicted with the disease condition by the time he/she reaches 10 years of time.
Tom Clark, epidemiologist at CDC claimed that it is a well know fact the short term protection is really good for health but, the actual cause of concern lies in the ability of the vaccine to fade out with time causing a problem. He also added that the vaccine loses around 42% of its potency and efficacy every year.
The day-by-day growth in the clinical infection rates combined with diminishing vaccine activity paves way for an enhanced vaccine to deal with whooping cough along with providing an effective long-term protection.
Camili Smith is a Medical Student and a freelancer who is specialized in writing. He is associated with many Pharmacies for whom he writes news based on generic drugs like Generic zyvox, generic amoxicillin.
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