Societal costs and morbidity of pertussis in adolescents and adults.

  title={Societal costs and morbidity of pertussis in adolescents and adults.},
  author={Grace Soyon Lee and Susan M Lett and Stephanie L. Schauer and Charles Lebaron and Trudy V. Murphy and Donna Rusinak and Tracy A. Lieu},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={39 11},
BACKGROUND Since the 1980s, the reported incidence of pertussis among adolescents and adults has been steadily increasing. To understand whether the benefits of an acellular pertussis vaccine formulated for adolescents and adults might offset its costs, policy makers will need information about morbidity and societal (medical and nonmedical) costs of pertussis. METHODS Adolescents (age, 10-17 years) and adults (age, >or=18 years) with confirmed pertussis illness were identified by the… CONTINUE READING

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