MINNEAPOLIS — The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that health care personnel get vaccinated against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, and that employers should foot the bill, according to a press release.
The ACIP, whose decisions shape national immunization recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also advised that health care personnel who have been exposed to pertussis should be treated with antibiotics to help prevent spread of the illness to vulnerable patients such as newborns, the release stated.
The committee also approved the first update of its general immunization recommendations for health care workers since 1997, the release noted.
According to the release, CDC officials at the meeting said provisional data show that more than 21,000 pertussis cases were reported in the United States last year with 26 deaths.
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