Seniors Should Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine has been recommended for children and young adults for quite some time. However, seniors are now being added to the list of recommended vaccine recipients.

The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending that all Americans ages 65 and older get vaccinated against whooping cough to help prevent the spread of the disease to vulnerable infants.

According to federal health officials, more than 21,000 people got whooping cough in 2010. That's the highest number since 2005 and among the highest rates in more than 50 years.

Last Updated: 2/24/2012

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Comments: 7

It seems like there have been a lot of reported cases of Whooping Cough lately. I just read an article on CNN about it and listened to an audio file of a baby with whooping cough at This really breaks my heart, everybody should vaccinate their kids so they don’t have to suffer from such a terrible disease!

Kira at 4/5/2012 9:12:22 PM

According to the CDC, pertussis (aka Whooping Cough) is a common disease in the USA, with periodic epidemics every 3-5 years. In 2010, there were 27,550 cases with 10 infant deaths. There are many reasons why whooping cough has not been eradicated. Many parents today forgo vaccines because they fear side effects, more people travel worldwide, and immunization does not last forever. More info at:

PA Medical Society at 3/5/2012 8:39:39 AM

Seniors are already on a budget.... they wont pay out of pocket for this...

anonymous at 3/2/2012 3:01:10 PM

Regarding coverage for this vaccine by Medicare, we believe it would be an out-of-pocket expense. As far as Medicare Advantage Plans, we do not know of any that provide coverage for this vaccine as they would follow Medicare guidelines. That may vary from plan to plan.

PA Medical Society at 3/2/2012 8:53:58 AM

Are 65+ getting whooping cough? Are there risks in getting the vaccine ? I question that age group as a source for infecting the infant and early childhood group.

anonymous at 3/1/2012 10:57:55 PM

What insurers cover this???

anonymous at 3/1/2012 7:57:21 PM

Has it been added to the immunizations covered by Medicare?

anonymous at 3/1/2012 7:44:51 PM