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.
Updated Pertussis Activity in Montana
2012 Pertussis Summary (06/2013)
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - What You Need To Know
(Centers for Disease Control)
Immunization Related Links (Montana Department of Public Health Human Services)
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
continue as state passes 200 cases – Officials Urge Vaccinations - May 18,
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