(1) Commonly known as whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious disease that
can be prevented by vaccination.
(2) During 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an
increase in pertussis in the majority of states.
(3) Pennsylvania ranked 13th in the country in the incidence of reported cases of
(4) Pennsylvania's incidence of pertussis is higher than the national incidence of
cases of pertussis.
(5) Recommended vaccination for children is at 2, 4 and 6 months of age, followed
by vaccination at 15 to 18 months of age, followed by vaccination when the child enters
school with the final vaccination when the child is between 11 and 12 years of age.
(6) Pertussis can cause very serious illness which can be potentially life threatening
in infants too young to be vaccinated.
(7) More than half of infants who contract pertussis must be hospitalized.
(8) Of those infants who are hospitalized with pertussis, about 1 in 5 will get pneumonia
and 1 in 100 will die.
(9) The CDC recommends that families and caregivers of newborns be vaccinated at least
two weeks prior to coming into close contact with a newborn.
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