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Gatt A.,Directorate of Health promotion and Disease Prevention | Bezzina A.,Basic Specialist Trainee II Public Health Medicine | Saliba A.,Basic Specialist Trainee II Public Health Medicine | Pace D.,Materials Dei Hospital | Sant'Angelo V.F.,Child Health and National Immunisation Service
Malta Medical Journal | Year: 2013

Notwithstanding the high rates of pertussis infant vaccination coverage in developed countries, Bortedella pertussis infections are manifesting a changing epidemiological pattern of disease. Of notable concern is the rise of pertussis in adolescents and adults. This changing picture is largely attributable to waning immunity after natural infection or vaccination. The belief that pertussis is chiefly a childhood disease is a common misconception. A significant rise of pertussis cases in Malta in older age groups was recorded in 2011. The addition of an adolescent and/or an adult booster dose against pertussis should be strongly considered.

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