Guidance

Pertussis: guidelines for public health management

Guidance for healthcare professionals on the public health management of pertussis (whooping cough).

Documents

Guidelines for the public health management of pertussis (May 2018)

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Testing for pertussis in primary care (appendix 6)

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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 main changes to the guidance published in May 2018 are:

  • an update that from May 2018 oral fluid testing is available for children aged 2 to <17 years
  • the addition of hexavalent (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB) vaccine to the primary schedule for infants born from 1 August 2017
  • the addition of appendix 6 which summarises testing for pertussis in primary care
Published 25 October 2012
Last updated 3 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidelines with a change summary on page 5.
  2. Updated antibiotic section and clarification of change of exclusion period.
  3. Updated serology section in guidance and clarification of age groups for use.
  4. Revised guidelines for the public health management of pertussis.
  5. First published.