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J Pediatr. 2014 Jun;164(6):1489-92.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.01.023. Epub 2014 Feb 22.

Pertussis: a persistent cause of morbidity and mortality in young infants.

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1
Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Electronic address: joseph.cantey@utsouthwestern.edu.
2
Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
3
Infection Control and Prevention, Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX.
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Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dallas, TX.
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Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Infection Control and Prevention, Children's Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TX.

Abstract

In 2012, a pertussis outbreak in Dallas County resulted in the deaths of 4 children (3, unvaccinated; 2, <60 days of age). Despite recommendations that include immunization of women preferably during the third trimester of pregnancy or postpartum, household contacts ("cocooning"), and infants as early as 42 days of age, challenges in pertussis prevention remain.

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24565424
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.01.023
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