Pertussis: guidelines for public health management in a healthcare setting

Guidelines for the public health management of pertussis incidents in healthcare settings



This is a detailed guide to the public health management of Pertussis in healthcare settings and includes:

  • revised definitions of the priority groups for public health action in line with the 2016 national guidelines
  • in particular the definition of a vulnerable infant which takes into account the latest evidence of the effectiveness of the immunisation programme for pregnant women
  • revised definition of the recommended exclusion period, which has been reduced from 5 days to 48 hours after appropriate antibiotic therapy
  • updated flow diagrams for management of cases and close contacts (Appendices 1 and 2)