Pediatric clinicians play a critical role in preventing infant pertussis.

Pediatric clinicians are in a unique position to prevent infant pertussis. Administer DTaP to all patients on schedule and encourage Tdap for pregnant women you encounter in your practice.

The best way to protect against pertussis is with vaccines. Clinicians can also use preventive antibiotics to protect people who have been exposed and are at high risk of developing severe pertussis.


CDC recommends pertussis vaccines for

  • Infants
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults

Clinicians should give five doses of DTaP to children 2 months through 6 years of age. CDC recommends one dose of Tdap for those 11 years or older, with a preferred administration at 11 or 12 years of age. CDC also recommends Tdap for pregnant women during each pregnancy, with a preferred administration during the early part of gestational weeks 27 through 36. All adults who haven’t been previously vaccinated with Tdap should get a Tdap vaccine followed by either a Td or Tdap vaccine every 10 years. Get more information on pertussis vaccines.

Postexposure Antimicrobial Prophylaxis (PEP)

CDC supports targeting postexposure antibiotic use to persons

  • At high risk of developing severe pertussis
  • Who will have close contact with those at high risk of developing severe pertussis

Learn more about use of PEP.

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