Oct 21, 2013 12:20 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Requiring teens to get whooping cough shots has led to decrease in infants getting the disease

According to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, requiring teens to get whooping cough booster shots has led to a decrease in infants who have been hospitalized with the disease.

Researchers say that after the CDC started requiring teens to get the shots, they saw a significant decrease in small children getting whooping cough.

That is likely because babies are really susceptible to catching the disease from a family member, but they're too young to be vaccinated. If the people they're surrounded by have been vaccinated, their risk of catching the illness goes down.



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