Pertussis Information for Health Professionals
|Think, Test, Treat Pertussis poster (PDF:66KB/1 pages)
Poster reminding professionals to think, test, and treat for pertussis. Call 1-800-657-3970 or 651-201-5503 to order.
Managing Pertussis: Think, Test, Treat & Stop Transmission
Fact sheet for health professionals on when to think of pertussis, how to test for pertussis, how to treat and report suspected and confirmed cases, and stop transmission.
Fact sheet for school health personnel on pertussis in school age children.
- Pertussis: School and Activities Exclusion Recommendations
Chart for health care providers and school health personnel with recommendations on school and activities exclusion during a pertussis outbreak.
Basic information on pertussis for health professionals, including epidemiology, communicability, and treatment of cases and contacts.
- Laboratory Testing
Suspect cases of Bordetella pertussis infection can be confirmed by culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Maximum sensitivity and specificity are achieved when both tests are performed.
Treatment and Prophylaxis
Antimicrobial regimens recommended for both treatment of pertussis cases and prophylaxis of contacts.
- Follow-up Recommendations for Pertussis Exposures in the Health Care Setting
Fact sheet with recommendations for following up with health care workers exposed to a patient infected with pertussis, and following up with patients or staff exposed to a health care worker infected with pertussis.
- Pertussis: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (PDF: 469KB/18 pages)
Pertussis chapter in the CDC's Pink Book on vaccine-preventable diseases. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Images of Diseases: Pertussis
The CDC offers photos of the disease and people affected by the disease. Attention: Non-MDH link. Warning: Graphic medical images.
Pertussis (Bordetella pertussis)
All cases of Pertussis must be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. Find out what needs to be reported, who needs to report diseases, which forms to use and where to find out more about the disease.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
Information for health professionals on Tdap vaccine.
Vaccine Information for Health Professionals
Information for health professionals on DTaP, DTP, Td, and Tdap vaccine.
- Answers to Common Questions About Tdap Vaccine
Questions and answers regarding the use of Tdap vaccine.
- Vaccination Recommendations (PDF: 26KB/1 page)
Vaccination recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults with pertussis containing vaccine and for responding to a pertussis outbreak.
- Template memo: Tdap Vaccine for Pregnant Patients (Word: 30KB/1 page)
Sample memo from the medical director for all office staff about providing Tdap vaccine to pregnant patients.
- Check Your Vials: Is it Tdap, DTaP, or Td?
One-page professional-education sheet intended to reduce confusion about similar-looking vials of Tdap, DTaP, and Td vaccines. Developed by the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Health Services. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Ask the Experts: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis Vaccine
Experts from the CDC answer challenging questions about vaccines and their administration. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Pertussis Vaccine Product Information and VISs
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Generic nameManufacturerPrescribing informationVISs
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP) Sanofi Pasteur DAPTACEL Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccine: What You Need to Know GlaxoSmithKline Infanrix Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactivated polio vaccine (DTaP-IPV) GlaxoSmithKline Kinrix Sanofi Pasteur Pentacel Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis; inactivated polio; and hepatitis B
GlaxoSmithKline Pediarix Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) GlaxoSmithKline Boostrix Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap): What You Need to Know Sanofi Pasteur Adacel
- Tdap Vaccine Recommendations
Recommendations for adolescents, adults, and pregnant women from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and related MMWR publications.
Attention: Non-MDH links