Protecting patients against pertussis starts with you

Pertussis can cause serious complications for people of all ages, including infants1

The incidence of pertussis is highest among infants and second-highest among school-aged children and adolescents2
A study showed that approximately 85% of infants who contracted pertussis did so from their immediate or extended family, when the source of the infection could be identified3
Only about 23% of adults received a pertussis vaccination from 2005 to 20154,*
  • Infants are at the greatest risk for serious disease and death2
  • Pertussis complications in infants can include hospitalization, bacterial pneumonia, seizures, and brain disorders1
  • Patients can remain contagious for ≥2 weeks following cough outset5

Nationwide, pertussis continues to put infants at risk6,7

>20,000pertussis cases reported in 20156
~50%of infants <1 year old with pertussis are hospitalized7
1 out of 100infants hospitalized for pertussis die7

The CDC recommends Tdap vaccination for appropriate unvaccinated adolescents and adults8

According to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), all patients 10 years of age and older should be assessed and receive the Tdap vaccine if they:

  • Have not received a dose of Tdap.
  • Are pregnant.
  • Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy, preferably during the early part of gestational weeks 27-36.
  • Tdap is recommended in the immediate postpartum period before discharge from the hospital or birthing center for new mothers who have never received Tdap before or whose vaccination status is unknown.
  • Require wound prophylaxis against tetanus if there is no evidence of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine in the previous 5 years AND have not previously had Tdap.
  • Td is recommended if the patient has previously received Tdap. It is important that all family members and caregivers of the infant are up to date with their pertussis vaccines (DTaP or Tdap, depending on age) before coming into close contact with the infant.

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Infant=less than 1 year old.
Adult=19 years old or older.
*41.9% among adults living with an infant. Data from 2015.

References: 1. Faulkner A, Skoff T, Martin S, et al. Pertussis. In: Roush SW, Baldy LM, eds. Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. 6th ed. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2015. Updated April 7, 2016. Accessed August 7, 2017. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Surveillance and reporting. Updated January 10, 2017. Accessed August 7, 2017. 3. Skoff TH, Kenyon C, Cocoros N, et al. Sources of infant pertussis infection in the United States. Pediatrics. 2015;136(4):635-641. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-1120. 4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccination Coverage Among Adults in the United States, National Health Interview Survey, 2015. imz-managers/coverage/adultvaxview/coverage-estimates/2015.html Updated February 7, 2017. Accessed August 7, 2017. 5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe S, eds. 13th ed. Washington DC: Public Health Foundation, 2015.
6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015 Provisional Pertussis Surveillance Report. Updated January 5, 2017. Accessed August 7, 2017. 7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Whooping cough is deadly for babies. Updated June 29, 2017. Accessed August 7, 2017. 8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine recommendations. Updated November 22, 2016. Accessed August 7, 2017.

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