In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Juventila Liko and Paul R. Cieslak of Oregon Health Authority and William J. Koenig of Physicians Medical Center described the medical course and sequelae of an infant’s severe pertussis illness through age 5½ years. The child failed to meet developmental milestones, required substantial medical care, and was burdened with chronic lung disease, stroke, epilepsy, impaired neurodevelopment, and visual issues. The authors concluded that the medical and social burden of pertussis among infants too young to be vaccinated highlights the importance of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccination during pregnancy.
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