For Healthcare Professionals
The following materials focus on pertussis awareness and diagnosis, vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis recommendations, and how to collect laboratory specimens.
Prevention of Pertussis, Tetanus, and Diphtheria with Vaccinesexternal icon
CE Released 6/8/2018
This report compiles and summarizes recommendations from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding prevention and control of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in the United States.
Making a Strong Vaccine Referral to Pregnant Women pdf icon[1.02 MB, 2 pages]
This fact sheet offers tips for how to make a strong referral to your pregnant patients to help ensure that they get recommended vaccines. It is designed for healthcare professionals who are not able to stock and administer Tdap or influenza vaccines in their office.
- Order free small quantities (CDC-INFO product #221897).
Pertussis Testing Video: Collecting a Nasopharyngeal Aspirate Clinical Specimen
(4:14 minutes, Date Released: 2/14/2011)
This video demonstrates proper techniques for collecting and transporting a pertussis clinical specimen from the posterior nasopharynx obtained by aspiration.
People with this disease can cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs and they are forced to inhale with a loud “whooping” sound. Pertussis is worse for very young children. Also, it is important to know that not everyone with pertussis coughs or “whoops”.
CDC Commentary — Pertussis Diagnosis: Avoid the Pitfalls of PCRexternal icon
(5:44 minutes, Date Released: 02/28/2011)
Learn how to optimize the use of PCR testing for pertussis by avoiding some of the more common pitfalls leading to inaccurate results.
Tdap Vaccination in Pregnancy: A Mother’s Gift to Her Babyexternal icon
Members of ACOG’s Immunization Expert Work Group explain the importance of immunizing patients, especially pregnant women during the 3rd trimester, with Tdap.