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Booster shots for pertussis, bacterial meningitis encouraged

Vaccines for whooping cough, meningitis encouraged

Dr. Blaise Congeni

12-02-2010

Immunizations provide children and young adults with a critical layer of protection from a range of potentially deadly diseases.

In a new video, Blaise Congeni, MD, director of Infectious Disease at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses the vaccines and booster shots for pertussis (whooping cough) and bacterial meningitis.

“There’s a lot of whooping cough in California. Ten infants have died,” said Dr. Congeni. “These babies are exposed to this disease from the older people in their life, including siblings, parents, and grandparents.”

Dr. Congeni said the CDC now recommends a bacterial meningitis booster shot for 16 year olds as research shows immunity only lasts about five years. The booster will protect young adults as they leave home for college or the military.

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