Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a disease caused by a bacteria that affects the lungs. Pertussis is spread through the air in droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. The best way to prevent pertussis is for all children to be fully vaccinated on time, for adolescents and adults to get a booster shot, and for women to be vaccinated during each pregnancy.
Pertussis in Minnesota - as of Dec. 5, 2013:
Pertussis in 2012:
Vaccination Recommendations (PDF: 30KB/1 page)
Pertussis Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Recommendations (PDF: 30KB/1 page)
- Pertussis Basics
General information about pertussis, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment, as well as pertussis situation in Minnesota.
Information for Health Professionals
Information on pertussis for health professionals, including clinical features and epidemiology, how to report cases, vaccine information, and official recommendations.
- Pertussis Information for Schools and Child Care
Information on pertussis for school health personnel and child care settings.
Statistics and Maps
Statistics and maps for pertussis disease in Minnesota.