Changing epidemiology and emerging risk groups for pertussis

Galanis, Eleni; King, Arlene S.; Varughese, Paul; Halperin, Scott Alan
February 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/14/2006, Vol. 174 Issue 4, p451
Academic Journal
The article contends that the changing epidemiology of pertussis in Canada in 1990 has led to the emergence of groups at higher risk of the diseases. These groups include young infants, adolescents and adults. Pertussis is most easily diagnosed in young children because they present with whooping cough. Adolescents and adults may be asymptomatic or present with a cough lasting several weeks. Because of this, a booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine has been offered.


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