Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Whooping Cough Vaccine Waning

Loyola experts available to comment on new study

MAYWOOD, Ill. - The New England Journal of Medicine is releasing a study today concluding that protection against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, wanes during the five years after the fifth dose of the vaccine DTaP is given.

Children in the United States who are vaccinated receive five doses of the DTaP vaccine, which includes protection from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis before age 7. The study concluded that the current vaccine’s protection wanes during the five years after the fifth dose is given. The vaccines are given during a child’s scheduled visits to their primary care physician. Recently, many states have recommended adults receive a DTaP booster for protection against the potentially deadly whooping cough virus.

Loyola University Health System infectious disease and primary care physicians are available to comment on the vaccine’s waning protection as well as what it means for adult and pediatric patients.

For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at epolsley@lumc.edu or call (708) 417-5100 or Stasia Thompson at thoms@lumc.edu or call (708) 417-5036.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.