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Minerva Ginecologica 2019 June;71(3):245-8

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4784.19.04378-8

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Pertussis vaccination in pregnancy: how many pediatric hospitalizations could be prevented?

Alessio MESINI , Andrea MOSCATELLI, Elio CASTAGNOLA

IRCCS Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy



Pertussis is a severe disease in children, especially in neonates and it is preventable by vaccination during pregnancy. After the observation of a 2-month-old toddler who needed extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for severe RSV plus Bordetella pertussis infection, we performed a review of all cases of pertussis admitted at the Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genoa, Italy, from 2012 to 2018. We retrieved 72 cases of admission for pertussis, 46% aging less than 3 months, 42% with at least one comorbidity. Two patients needed ICU admission. Pertussis vaccination during pregnancy could contribute to reduce this burden of hospitalizations in youngest subjects.


KEY WORDS: Bordetella pertussis; Pregnancy; Pertussis vaccine; Infant, newborn; Immunization

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