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Volume 18, Number 1—January 2012

CME ACTIVITY - Research

Accelerating Control of Pertussis in England and Wales

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Article Title: Accelerating Control of Pertussis in England and Wales

CME Questions

1. Which of the following is part of the pertussis vaccine schedule during childhood in England and Wales?

A. The vaccine schedule begins in the neonatal period

B. The third vaccine dose is given at age 6 months

C. A total of 6 injections are necessary during childhood

D. A pertussis booster is required in the preschool period

2. Which age group had the highest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases and notifications of pertussis between 1998 and 2009 in the current study?

A. Less than 3 months

B. 6–11 months

C. 5–9 years

D. 9 years and older

3. What was the most common contact source of pertussis in the current study?

A. Home

B. The workplace

C. School

D. Health care facilities

4. Which of the following statements regarding pertussis vaccine effectiveness in the current study is most accurate?

A. Vaccine efficacy declined rapidly between 6–11 months and 12–39 months of age

B. Age-specific vaccine efficacy was reduced among infants compared with older children

C. The estimated vaccine efficacy for 4 doses was 95%

D. The vaccine effectiveness of the first dose was approximately 30%

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