Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 27638230
Gynecol Obstet Fertil 2016 Sep;
The goals of this article are to review the pertussis cocooning strategy, which has been recommended in France since 2004 to protect infants not yet vaccinated from becoming infected by vaccinating their immediate entourage, and to present room for improvement. The analysis of the literature between 2004 and 2015 shows that pertussis vaccine coverage in new parents is lower than 50% and that attempts that have already been implemented to increase it are effective. Pertussis vaccine coverage improvement requires all health actors to collaborate and be trained in informing and motivating parents to get vaccinated before, during and after pregnancy (the parents then will act as relays to their relatives); generalization in maternity wards of systematic checking of the vaccination card; extension to the midwives of the right to prescribe and administer pertussis vaccine to spouses; vaccination facilitation in maternity wards with the support of health organizations. Exchange and sharing of experiences between health care professionals are essential. Pregnancy is the ideal period to promote pertussis vaccination.