Pertussis: guidelines for public health management
Guidance for healthcare professionals on the public health management of pertussis (whooping cough).
Ref: PHE Publications Gateway number: 2016159 PDF, 676KB, 46 pages
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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
Published: 25 October 2012
Updated: 9 December 2016
- Updated antibiotic section and clarification of change of exclusion period.
- Updated serology section in guidance and clarification of age groups for use.
- Revised guidelines for the public health management of pertussis.
- First published.