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Pertussis Resources
(Whooping Cough)

Mother holding infant

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age.


The best way to protect against pertussis is Immunization.

Summary of Vaccine Recommendations
Tdap for Pregnant Women
2013 Immunization Schedules

General Information

2012 Pertussis Summary (06/2013)
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - What You Need To Know

(Centers for Disease Control)
Updated Pertussis Activity in Montana
Immunization Related Links (Montana Department of Public Health Human Services)

Fact Sheets/Resources

Information for Schools on Pertussis
Pertussis Fact Sheet for Clinicians
Pertussis: Summary of DTap and Tdap Vaccine Recommendations
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Information for Parents
Facts about Pertussis (Detailed Information from the IAC)
Kid Friendly Fact Sheet
Hear What Pertussis Sounds Like

News Releases/Information to Providers

Pertussis outbreaks continue as state passes 200 cases – Officials Urge Vaccinations - May 18, 2012
Pertussis outbreaks continue to occur throughout Montana - April 30, 2012
Letter to all Vaccine For Children Providers and Fact Sheets
Letter to Childcare Facilities and Fact Sheets

Montana Public Health Laboratory (MTPHL) Testing

MTPHL Lab Services Manual
MTPHL Courier Service

Pertussis in Montana: cases reported to DPHHS in 2013
Pertussis by County Map

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