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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31818a5d69
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PERTUSSIS OUTBREAK IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN LUDWIGSLUST, GERMANY DEMONSTRATING THE ROLE OF WANING IMMUNITY

Sin, Muna Abu MD*; Zenke, Rosemarie MD†; Rönckendorf, Rita†; Littmann, Martina MD‡; Jorgensen, Pernille MSc§; Hellenbrand, Wiebke MD¶

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Abstract

A pertussis outbreak primarily affecting school-age children in Ludwigslust, Germany, was investigated in 2006 to estimate attack rates and relative risk of pertussis according to time since last vaccination, after a complete primary course. Results suggested waning immunity beginning ∼5 years after the last dose of pertussis vaccination. Most cases could have been prevented by earlier booster vaccination.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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