Aaron A. King, Ph.D.

Nelson G. Hairston Collegiate Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology,
and Complex Systems, University of Michigan
External Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Epidemiological evidence for herd immunity induced by acellular pertussis vaccines

M. Domenech de Cellès, M. A. Riolo, F. M. G. Magpantay, P. Rohani, and A. A. King
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 111(7): E716–E717, 2014.

In a series of elegant experiments on baboons, Warfel et al. conclude that acellular pertussis vaccines (aP) prevent disease but fail to protect against transmissible infection. The authors speculate that this fact may explain the resurgence of pertussis in some countries. Although the animal model of Warfel et al. is a true breakthrough, we question the soundness of their extrapolation to transmission in human populations. Indeed, much available epidemiological evidence argues against it.


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