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per tuh sis

  • n  a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane

  • According to the survey, just 2% of adults have had the new combo shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (better known as whooping cough), even though pertussis rates in .
  • In the past century, vaccines against diphtheria, polio, pertussis, measles, mumps and rubella, not to mention the more recent additions of hepatitis B and chicken pox, have wired .
  • For children 12 or younger, these include hepatitis A and B, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), varicella and polio.
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  • Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar hopes to slay pertussis through vaccine awareness
    While slaying vampires and saving the world may be her area of expertise, Sarah Michelle Gellar said she was slightly overwhelmed when she had to tackle a subject she previously knew little about: children’s health care. Now having learned about the health dangers that face small children, Gellar has made it a priority to get her entire family vaccinated against pertussis.
    June 11, 2013 - Fox News
  • Whooping cough strikes three Butte students
    Three students diagnosed with pertussis — whooping cough — this week prompted the county health department to send a letter notifying elementary school parents of the outbreak.
    June 7, 2013 - The Montana Standard
  • Gellar: Let's protect our babies
    In babies, pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- can be fatal. In a majority of infant cases, researchers found family members were responsible.
    June 5, 2013 - CNN

  • Keri Russell in KSEE
    Like any parent, I would do anything to protect my baby, and that is why I followed my pediatrician's recommendation to get the pertussis vaccine myself,said Keri Russell, award-winning television actress and new mom. "I am very excited to...
  • Jeff Gordon in PR Newswire (press release)
    Even though Ingrid and I have a 3-year-old daughter, we had no idea when Ella was born that we needed a pertussis booster, and that without it, we were putting her at risk,said Gordon. "Now, with a new baby on the way, we're not taking any...
  • Daniel Andrews in Special Broadcasting Service
    Pertussis is most serious in babies less than six months of age, and around one in every 200 infants under six months of age who catches pertussis will die,Mr Andrews says.

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