Pertussis Resurgence and Vaccination: What you need to know

A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Georgia has found that the resurgence of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, in the United States. Pertussis is a respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, which can cause serious infections in infants and young children. Routine vaccination for the disease began in the 1940s and led to a 100-fold decrease in the number of reported cases — to the point that the prospect of eliminating the disease seemed possible. But since the mid-1970s pertussis has made a comeback. Julia Piwoz, M.D., chief, section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital discusses the importance of pregnant women getting vaccinated against Pertussis.