Pertussis infection in the United States: role for vaccination of adolescents and adults.

  title={Pertussis infection in the United States: role for vaccination of adolescents and adults.},
  author={Dennis A Brooks and Richard D. Clover},
  journal={Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM},
  volume={19 6},
Pertussis is the only vaccine-preventable disease on the rise in the United States, with increasing incidence in adolescents and adults related to waning immunity. Although often considered a relatively mild infection in these populations, pertussis can be a serious, potentially deadly illness, particularly in children <12 months old. Infected adolescents and adults serve as a reservoir for disease transmission to young children and infants, who are most vulnerable to severe pertussis and its… CONTINUE READING
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