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Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000438528.61644.91
Infectious Diseases

Updated treatment and prevention guidelines for pertussis

Cohen, Sara MS, PA-C; Black, Aliza MS, PA-C; Ross, Alexis MS, PA-C; Mandel, Ellen D. DMH, MPA, MS, PA-C

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, is one of the top 10 causes of death in children globally despite vaccine availability. Adhering to vaccination guidelines for both the primary childhood series as well as adolescent and adult boosters is crucial in preventing the spread of disease. However, due to vaccine failure, outbreaks occur every 3 to 5 years. As a result, early recognition and prompt treatment are instrumental in controlling the epidemic.

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