Pertussis Information Center
Resources for Parents
The following resources may be useful in learning more about pertussis (whooping cough) and recommended pediatric immunizations.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pertussis Vaccine Information Statement
Every Child By Two
The Immunization Action Coalition
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
National Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
Parents Guide to Childhood Immunization
PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases)
State Health Departments
Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Further Reading for Parents
"Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know , Third Edition by P.A. Offit, MD, and L.M. Bell, MD (Wiley, 2003)". A complete overview of vaccine issues ranging from the history of vaccination, safety issues and the risks and benefits associated with each vaccine. Chapter 16, Vaccine Myths, can be viewed online at: www.immunize.org/catg.d/4038myth.htm
Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent by S.G. Humiston, MD, MPH, and C. Good (Peachtree Publishers, 2000). Guide to making informed decisions about vaccinations and the medical and ethical issues surrounding vaccines.
"Six Common Misconceptions about Vaccination-and How to Respond to Them" (CDC). Addresses six of the most common misconceptions about vaccination. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control, the federal agency that oversees vaccinations. Text available at: www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/6mishome.htm
Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. The latest schedule can be found through the Centers for Disease Control website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm
Adult Immunization Schedule. The latest schedule can be found through the Centers for Disease Control website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/adult-schedule.htm
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The information contained in the Pertussis Information Center Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care provider. There may be variations in treatment that your health care provider may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Pertussis.com is an educational project by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).