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Whooping cough makes a comeback

Pertussis used to represent a victory for public health officials. But the number of cases has soared again, posing a new challenge: persuading teens and adults to have booster shots against the disease known as whooping cough. Click here to read more.

Indiana health officials alarmed by whooping cough outbreak

Indianapolis - State health officials say that Indiana is experiencing it largest pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak since 1959. Two infants have died in the outbreak, and over 500 cases have been confirmed. Visit MSNBC to read more.

Upcoming Webinars

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is offering a free Webinar: “Reaching Minority and Vulnerable Populations: Getting Ahead of the Curve to Prevent Seasonal Flu.” This Webinar aims to prepare for the 2010-2011 flue season, and to help providers reach vulnerable populations.
• To register visit: https://sophe.webex.com/sophe/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=960634812
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Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs) is hosting a series of Webinars to assist health departments, immunization coalition members and other immunization educators in the use of social marketing tools and traditional and social media outlets.
• For information on these Webinars, and to register, visit: http://www.pkids.org/cme/ (sign in required).

Growing Outbreaks of Whooping Cough Raise Health Fears

Dr. Nancy Snyderman's interview about California's Pertussis Outbreak, featured on Today show in September.

Pertussis

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a serious disease characterized by a persistent, severe cough. It is highly contagious and infects people of all ages, but can be especially dangerous – even fatal – for infants.
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The Tdap Shot

Tdap vaccination delivers proven protection against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis, three contagious bacterial diseases. It is widely recommended by physicians as a one-time vaccination for all people from 11 to 65 years of age, and particularly important for anyone having contact with infants.
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