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Health & wellness

With disease’s resurgence, officials urge whooping cough boosters

The pertussis vaccine used to be expected to protect people for life, but a new, less-effective vaccine means more people should get boosters, health officials say

Doctors hope students returning to school this fall have one crucial item checked off their back-to-school lists: receiving a pertussis booster shot.

With the disease’s resurgence in recent years and an only somewhat effective vaccine, public health officials are pushing preventive measures meant to keep pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, at bay. That includes urging adolescents, pregnant women, adults, and those in contact with newborns, such as grandparents and caregivers, to get a booster shot.

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