whooping cough http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Report: Whooping cough vaccine's protection fades quickly http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-whooping-cough-vaccines-protection-fades-quickly To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.<p>But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?<p>Researchers at the <a href="http://www.dor.kaiser.org/external/dorexternal/vsc/about/index.aspx?ekmensel=b42392ae_163_165_btnlink">Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center</a> checked it out. They compared 277 kids who came down with whooping cough, or <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002528/">pertussis</a>, to more than 3,000 children who tested negative for it. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:09:54 +0000 4592 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Whooping cough vaccine's protection fades quickly “Whooping cough” on the rise in St. Louis County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Cwhooping-cough%E2%80%9D-rise-st-louis-county <p>Saint Louis County is seeing a surge in cases of pertussis.</p> <p>More commonly known as “whooping cough,” pertussis is highly contagious, spreading through the air via small droplets when infected people cough, sneeze or talk.</p> <p>One hundred and eighty-five cases have been reported in the county so far this year – two-thirds of them in the past six weeks.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:35:26 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 81 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org “Whooping cough” on the rise in St. Louis County