Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 21st, 2004
Commonly known as whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system that causes spasms of severe coughing and often masquerades as common ailments such as a cold or the flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 39% of the reported pertussis cases in 2003 affected children between the ages 10 and 19. Recent outbreaks have prompted a growing concern in the public health community that parents and teens are not...
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