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Senior citizens should be immunized for whooping cough, federal panel says

October 27, 2010 5:02 pm

Senior citizens should be vaccinated against whooping cough if they expect to be in contact with newborn infants, a federal health committee in Atlanta said Wednesday.

The vote by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention largely endorsed what California health officials have been saying since the summer: People 65 and older should get the Tdap shot, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.


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