Letters

Time to switch from whole cell to acellular pertussis vaccines?

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7238.875/c (Published 25 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:875
  1. Adam Finn (sivs@shef.ac.uk), director,
  2. Frank Bell, research fellow.
  1. Sheffield Institute for Vaccine Studies, Children's Hospital, Sheffield S10 2TH

    EDITOR—In a letter to all doctors last December the chief medical and nursing officers and pharmacist announced that triple vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis containing acellular pertussis would, for the first time, but only temporarily, enter routine use for infants in the United Kingdom.1 Difficulties in obtaining supplies of triple vaccine containing whole cell pertussis during 1999 seem to …

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