Show Summary Details
Page of

Pertussis 

Pertussis
Chapter:
Pertussis
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198729228.003.0098
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 November 2019

This chapter reviews the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of pertussis in infants and children, including indications for post-exposure prophylaxis. Atypical clinical presentations in young infants and previously immunized patients are described, along with appropriate diagnostic techniques. It focuses on the changing pattern of infection with widespread vaccine uptake and outlines strategies to prevent transmission to unimmunized infants, who have a higher risk of serious illness, complications, and death when compared to older, immunized infants.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.