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Webinar: Coughing Up The Facts On Pertussis

Webinar: Coughing Up The Facts On Pertussis

DATE RECORDED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
PRESENTED BY: Stacey W. Martin, MSc

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Pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough” for the distinctive sound of the cough that it produces, has been at the forefront of the conversation around immunizations in the United States.  During 2012, increased pertussis cases or outbreaks were reported in a majority of states. As of January 10, 2013, 49 states and Washington, D.C. reported increases in disease in 2012 compared with 2011. This webinar, presented by Stacey Martin, MSc with the Division of Bacterial Disease of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, will provide background on pertussis, including clinical course, key features, and spectrum of illness in infants, children, adolescents and adults. The session will include an overview of pertussis diagnostics including recent findings from pseudo-outbreaks. The presenter will discuss emerging epidemiology and results from studies looking at vaccine impact and potential waning of immunity and address vaccine recommendations for infants, children, teens and adults as well as recommendations to protect young infants too young to be vaccinated. The session will provide an overview of materials available from CDC’s website for both clinicians and patients.

SPONSORED BY: Migrant Clinicians Network and  United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  1. Participants will gain an understanding of emerging trends in pertussis epidemiology.
  2. Participants will better understand diagnostic challenges associated with pertussis in the context of clinical practice and public health and will gain a better understanding of how to interpret test results.
  3. Participants will be able to identify which populations are at greatest risk for pertussis and guidelines for treatment.
  4. Participants will be able to promote and implement current CDC pertussis vaccination recommendations.
  5. Participants will know which patient and clinician materials CDC has available to support pertussis prevention and control.


Stacey W. Martin, MSc

Stacey W. Martin, MScStacey W. Martin, MSc, is an Epidemiologist in the Meningitis and Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch (MVPDB) in the Division of Bacterial Diseases of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).  Her work focuses on pertussis, meningococcal disease and other vaccine-preventable bacterial diseases both domestically and internationally.  Her efforts have been aimed at improving our understanding of pertussis epidemiology, improving diagnostic testing for pertussis, and evaluating the impact of vaccination and other intervention programs. 

Jillian Hopewell, MPA, MA, Director of Education and Professional Development
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