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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

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

Author Information

Sara Cohen, Aliza Black, and Alexis Ross are recent graduates of the Pace University PA program in New York City. Ellen D. Mandel is a clinical associate professor in the PA program at Pace University's College of Health Professions. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

Earn Category I CME Credit by reading both CME articles in this issue, reviewing the post-test, then taking the online test at http://cme.aapa.org. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct. This material has been reviewed and is approved for 1 hour of clinical Category I (Preapproved) CME credit by the AAPA. The term of approval is for 1 year from the publication date of January 2014.

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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