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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)