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Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2016, XXII/1: 034-038 Maximize

Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2016, XXII/1: 034-038

Title: Pertussis – infants present the most serious courses while the disease is the most common among adolescents and adult – a case report 

Authors: Solarska A, Pawlus B, Nitsch-Osuch A. 

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05-01-2016

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Pertussis – infants present the most serious courses while the disease is the most common among adolescents and adult – a case report

Solarska A1, Pawlus B1, Nitsch-Osuch A.2,1

1Specialistic Hospital of Saint Family in Warsaw, Poland; 2Chair and Department of Family Medicine with Clinical Ward of Internal and Metabolic Diseases, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

Int Rev Allergol Clin Immunol Family Med, 2016; Vol. 22, No. 1, 034

Pertussis is a re-emerging disease due to the expiration of immunity in 5-10 years after the last dose of vaccine. Currently, pertussis is diagnosed mainly among adolescents and adults, although the most severe course of the disease is observed in newborns and infants. The main source of infection for nonimmune infants are close family contacts (parents , grandparents, older siblings). To avoid the disease in neonates and infants it is necessary to promote vaccination against pertussis in adults as part of the cocoon strategy of vaccination. We present a case of pertussis in the newborn infected by his father, with a severe course of the disease, we also describe diagnostic difficulties and anti-epidemic procedures implemented to reduce the risk of spreading of the disease.

Key words: pertussis, newborn, cocoon strategy of vaccination