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These guidelines, which update the 2012 Health Protection Agency (HPA) guidelines for the public health management of pertussis, are based on a recent review of all currently available scientific evidence and consultation with experts where required.
The important changes to the guidance published in July 2016 and updated in December 2016 include:
updated epidemiology of pertussis in England since the introduction of the pertussis immunisation programme for pregnant women in October 2012
available laboratory methods to confirm clinically suspected cases of pertussis
pertussis vaccines for post exposure management and outbreak control
revised definitions of the priority groups for public health action
revised definition of the recommended exclusion period, which is reduced from 5 days to 48 hours