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Pertussis is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. In the 20th century, pertussis was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of childhood mortality in the United States. Before the availability of pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, more than 200,000 cases of pertussis were reported annually. Since widespread use of the vaccine began, incidence has decreased more than 75% compared with the pre-vaccine era.
However, since the 1980s there's been an increase in the number of reported cases of pertussis. In 2012, the last peak year, 48,277 cases of pertussis were reported. However, CDC believes that much of the disease goes unrecognized and unreported. Source: CDC

Regulations & Guidelines





(1) Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

(2) Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination

(3) Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010

(4) Questions and Answers

Joint Commission

Tdap Vaccination Strategies for Adolescents and Adults, Including Health Care Personnel 


MedlinePlus  Whooping Cough

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Best Practices





Key Learnings as of September 2017 

Pertussis incidence has been gradually increasing since the
early 1980s. A total of 25,827 cases was reported in 2004,
the largest number since 1959. The reasons for the increase
are not clear. A total of 27,550 pertussis cases and 27
pertussis-related deaths were reported in 2010. Case counts
for 2012 have surpassed 2010, with 48,277 pertussis cases,
with 13 deaths in infants (provisional). Source: Pink Book


Related Articles

ACIP urges pertussis vaccination for health workers



Pertussis Frequently Asked Questions

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Instructional Resources

(1) From the CDC

(2) From MedlinePlus

Fact Sheets

From the CDC

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Patient Resources

CDC Feature

Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough
  Whooping Cough and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It 

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