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Pertussis - Serious but Preventable

Pertussis - Serious but Preventable

On 21 Aug 2015, in

What is pertussis? 
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a very contagious disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. It is one of the most common vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in the U.S. Both children and adults can get pertussis.

Lost work time 
The Work Loss Data Institute reports the midrange return to work for employees with diagnosis of pertussis as 51 days. 

Vaccination
The best way to protect your employees from pertussis is by providing the pertussis vaccine. Pertussis vaccines are safe and effective. Everyone should make sure they are up to date with the recommended pertussis vaccine (DTaP for infants/children and Tdap for adolescents/adults). 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website monitors pertussis outbreaks and provides information and recommendations. 

If you have any questions about pertussis or would like to discuss vaccination recommendations with a BarnesCare provider, contact us.
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