Use of Mass Tdap Vaccination to Control an Outbreak of Pertussis in a High School -- Cook County, Illinois, September 2006-January 2007

Counard, D.; Nimke, D.; Cohn, A.; Vernon, M.
July 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;7/25/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 29, p796
The article discusses the use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination to control a pertussis outbreak in a high school in Cook County, Illinois between September 2006 and January 2007. During the period, 36 pertussis cases directly linked to the high school were identified. At the time of the outbreak, the school had 4,154 students and 651 staff members on two campuses. The experience showed that school-based Tdap vaccination clinics can quickly achieve high coverage during a pertussis outbreak.


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