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Prevention of pertussis among adolescents: recommendations for use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine


Pediatrics 117(3): 965-978

2005


ISSN/ISBN: 1098-4275
PMID: 16382131
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2005-3038
Accession: 012448496

The purpose of this statement is to provide the rationale and recommendations for adolescent use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines. Despite universal immunization of children with multiple doses of pediatric diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis ( DTaP) vaccine, pertussis remains endemic with a steady increase in the number of reported cases.

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