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Health leaders explain why pertussis vaccine is less effective

WAUSAU (WAOW) -

We have a follow up on the whooping cough outbreak in our area.

Newsline 9's story from Wednesday night sparked a lot of debate on our Facebook page.
Many viewers wondered if the vaccine wasn't working, or if more parents were choosing not to vaccinate their children.
 
We went and got some answers.

"It's the only vaccine that we have for this disease, and certainly 75 percent is better than not being vaccinated at all and having no protection," said Ruth Marx, marathon co. Health dept. Epidemiologist.

Marathon County Health Dept. officials still recommend people get vaccinated. They say the shot is 75 to 80 percent effective.

They say those who get sick even though they've been vaccinated, experience a milder form of the disease.

Experts from the CDC agree. They told Newsline 9 they don't believe a new strain of pertussis could be causing the vaccine to be less effective. But they're looking into why it hasn't worked the way it should.

 


 

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