Epidemiology of pertussis in a developed country with low vaccination coverage: The Italian experience

N. J. Binkin, S. Salmaso, A. E. Tozzi, G. Scuderi, D. Greco

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Abstract

In Italy pertussis vaccination is optional. Fewer than 40% of children younger than 5 years of age are vaccinated, and pertussis remains a common childhood disease. We use data from a variety of sources to examine trends and characteristics of Italian children with pertussis and reasons behind the low vaccine coverage. Approximately 25% of Italian children have experienced clinical pertussis by their fifth birthday. The disease is most severe in those

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-661
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume11
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • Italy
  • Pertussis
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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