Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals


Description: Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a disease of the respiratory tract caused by bacteria that live in the mouth, nose, and throat. Many children who contract pertussis have coughing spells that last four to eight weeks. The disease is most dangerous in infants. Pertussis spreads very easily from child to child in droplets produced by coughing or sneezing.

Prevention: Inactivated whole cell wP or acellular aP - at least 3 primary doses, given by the intramuscular route, combined with diphtheria and tetanus toxoid.

2016 global figures

      139'535 reported cases
      89'000 estimated deaths (2008)
      86% estimated DTP3 coverage

Statistics on Pertussis

Last Update: 25 August 2017