Pertussis: the green book, chapter 24

Pertussis (whooping cough) immunisation information for public health professionals, including updates.


Pertussis: the green book, chapter 24

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Chapter 24 update patches, for editions prior to 2013

Whooping cough is a highly infectious disease that is usually caused by Bordetella pertussis. A similar illness is caused by B. parapertussis, but this is not preventable with presently available vaccines.

The complete immunisation schedule detailing when to give doses is available.

Published 20 March 2013
Last updated 7 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated to incorporate recent JCVI advice that maternal vaccination can now be given earlier, starting from gestational weeks 16.
  2. Revised chapter on whooping cough immunisation, part of 'Immunisation against infectious disease' (the Green Book).
  3. This chapter has been substantially rewritten to bring it into line with current information, policies and procedures.
  4. Updated the Body text to include a link to National Archives (chapter update patches) and NHS Choices.
  5. First published.