Pertussis in adolescents: Increasing incidence brings attention to the need for booster immunization of adolescents

David P. Greenberg

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Abstract

As a result of waning immunity and improved awareness, the reported incidence of pertussis is increasing among adolescents in the United States. Symptoms of pertussis are often mild and difficult to diagnose in adolescents, but these individuals can transmit the infection to schoolmates and family members, including high risk infants. Improvements in diagnosis and prevention of pertussis in adolescents are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-728
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Immunity
  • Incidence
  • Pertussis
  • Transmission
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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