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The Pertussis Paradox

Science  02 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6145, pp. 454-455
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6145.454

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Summary

In recent years, there have been major outbreaks of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Now, intensive studies are under way to investigate why acellular vaccines, dubbed DTaP, don't protect for as long as the original DTP vaccine.

  • * Arthur Allen is a writer in Washington, D.C.