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Updates on 27/03/2015

Pertussis (whooping cough)

4.12.4 Vaccines

Information on the vaccine formulation Infanrix added to the vaccine information box.

Information on pertussis-containing vaccines containing two pertussis antigen components added.

4.12.7 Recommendations

Recommendations on the use of pertussis-containing vaccines updated, including:

  • A booster dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is now recommended at 18 months of age (in addition to the booster dose already recommended at 4 years of age).

4.12.7 Recommendations and 4.12.8 Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Recommendations on the use of pertussis-containing vaccines updated, including:

  • A dose of dTpa (reduced antigen formulation) is now recommended for pregnant women in the third trimester of each pregnancy (optimally between 28 and 32 weeks) as the preferred strategy for reducing the risk of pertussis in young infants.