Pertussis: not only a disease of childhood.

  title={Pertussis: not only a disease of childhood.},
  author={Marion Riffelmann and Martina Littmann and Christel Huelsse and Wiebke Hellenbrand and Carl Heinz Wirsing von Koenig},
  journal={Deutsches Arzteblatt international},
  volume={105 37},
INTRODUCTION Pertussis is not just a childhood disease, but a respiratory infection that causes persistent cough in all age groups, from newborns to the elderly. METHODS The authors performed a selective literature search and reviewed national and international recommendations for treatment and vaccination. RESULTS Pertussis is found principally in young unvaccinated infants, but school-age children, adolescents, and adults are also affected. Up to 1% of infants contract pertussis, and… CONTINUE READING