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Pertussis vaccination did not increase risk for asthma medication use

September 25, 2014

Receipt of pertussis vaccine in infancy did not increase risk for asthma medication use in adolescence, according to study findings in Pediatrics.

Hartmut Vogt, MD, PhD, of Linköping University in Sweden, and colleagues used data from a previous study to assess the association between asthma medication use in adolescence and pertussis immunization in infancy. Data for approximately 80,000 children who were immunized for pertussis in Sweden between June 1993 and July 1994 were compared with 98,475 unimmunized children. Children received three intramuscular injections of DTaP at age 3, 5 and 12 months. Asthma medication use was determined from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register.

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