Pertussis: What Parents Need to Know

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Abstract:

This one-page handout educates parents about pertussis, or whooping cough, a persistent cough illness. It describes symptoms, and explains how it is spread and how long a person is contagious after starting a course of antibiotics. The document describes the lab test for it, and discusses prevention through routine childhood immunizations, and a pertussis vaccine booster shot (Tdap) for adolescents and adults given in combination with tetanus and diphtheria. It advises contacting your healthcare provider if a child develops symptoms or has been exposed to a person with pertussis.

Author(s):
Minnesota Department of Health
Country of Origin:
United States
Medical Reviewer:
IDEPC Staff
Other Reviewer:
IDEPC Staff
Development Method:
Resource developed in English and translated into other languages
Translation Method:
Translated by translation company. Reviewed by language-speaking community
Community Participation:
None.
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N/A
Population:
N/A
Resource Creation Date:
Coming soon
Copyright:
In the Public Domain
Last Reviewed by Author(s):
8/1/2012
Record Last Updated:
4/8/2019

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