For Healthcare Professionals
The following materials focus on pertussis awareness, diagnosis, vaccination, postexposure prophylaxis recommendations, and how to collect laboratory specimens.
Provide the Best Prenatal Care to Prevent Pertussis [1.31 MB, 2 pages]
This fact sheet highlights five facts all prenatal healthcare professionals should know about Tdap and pregnancy. It also provides resources to help healthcare professionals strongly recommend Tdap to their patients during the third trimester of each pregnancy.
Making a Strong Vaccine Referral to Pregnant Women [1.02 MB, 2 pages]
This fact sheet offers tips for how to make a strong referral to your 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.
Vaccine information statements
Get the current vaccine information statement (VIS) for vaccines that protect against pertussis (DTaP and Tdap).
Pertussis Testing Video: Collecting a Nasopharyngeal Swab Clinical Specimen
(4:12 minutes, Date Released: 2/14/2011)
This video demonstrates proper techniques for collecting and transporting a pertussis clinical specimen obtained by swabbing the posterior nasopharynx.
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.