Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Panel: All adults should get whooping cough shots

ATLANTA — A federal advisory panel wants all U.S. adults to get vaccinated against whooping cough.

The panel voted Wednesday to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven't gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult.

Children have been vaccinated against whooping cough since the 1940s, but a vaccine for adolescents and adults was not licensed until 2005.

Since then, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has gradually added groups of adults to its recommendations, including 2010 advice that it be given to elderly people who spend a lot of time around infants.

Wednesday's recommendation means now all adults should get at least one dose.

"They've been moving up to this in baby steps," said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccines expert.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal.

Recommendations from the panel are usually adopted by the government, which sends the guidance out to doctors.

Comments
Warriors beat Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight road win

Warriors beat Bulls 119-112 for 14th straight road win

NBA Capsules
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' set to be 1st US execution in 2018

Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' set to be 1st US execution in 2018

A man who became known as Houston's 'Tourniquet Killer' because of his signature murder technique on four female victims is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence Mideast visit showcases dilemma for major Washington allies Egypt, Jordan
Updated: 12 minutes ago

AP Top News at 1:11 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 1:11 a.m. EST
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

Pence Mideast visit showcases dilemma for major Washington allies Egypt, Jordan
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Ducks score 4 in second period, hold off Penguins 5-3

Ducks score 4 in second period, hold off Penguins 5-3

Rickard Rakell and Adam Henrique scored 1:35 apart to Anaheim the lead during its four-goal second period, and the Ducks went on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Israel says forces kill Palestinian who killed Israeli rabbi

Israeli police say special forces kill Palestinian gunman in the West Bank who killed Israeli in a drive-by shooting earlier this month
Updated: 20 minutes ago

Serbian police arrest 3 for $400 million Australia drug haul

Police say three Australians have been arrested in Serbia over the second largest cocaine haul in Australian law enforcement history
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Lawmakers ask if states or feds should alert about missiles

Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile and the moment the notice was canceled, raising questions about whether a state should be solely responsible for such notices
Updated: 27 minutes ago