Alert - Continued concern
has partnered with the LADPH to provide you the most up-to-date
information regarding the ongoing warning of increased risk and cases
of pertussis in California. Please review the documents below for
more information, and check our Web site frequently for additional
Health care providers are encouraged to increase their suspicion for
pertussis among patients of all ages, especially infants within the
first year of life, and to report suspect cases immediately.
cases in Los Angeles County
reported immediately to the Morbidity Reporting Unit at 888-397-3993
(phone) or 888-397-3778 (fax).
cases in the Cities of Long Beach or Pasadena, call the
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (562-570-4302) or
the Pasadena City Health Department (626-744-6000).
California Pertussis Summary Report - June 30, 2010
CDPH Press Release - June 23, 2010
LADPH Health News - Pertussis - June 23, 2010
LADPH Pertussis Laboratory Testing Guidelines
Resources for Adults Caring for Infants Vulnerable to Pertussis
the current pertussis outbreak in California, ALL physicians are
encouraged to promote Tdap vaccination of adults caring for infants
who are too young to be fully vaccinated against this disease
("cocooning"). However, it is generally recognized that pediatricians
cannot be the primary source for Tdap vaccination of parents.
with the internists, obstetricians and emergency room physicians you
regularly work with the urgent need to stock and administer Tdap.
Adults needing Tdap should be strongly encouraged to contact their
regular provider of care first for vaccination.
without a regular source of care, for whatever reason, should be
encouraged to find such a source. These patients may be directed to
the LA Department of Health Services website (www.ladhs.org) where information on no and low
cost health care programs, as well as county staffed clinics, may be
found by clicking on "No Cost & Low Cost Health Care
Programs" under the "Patient Information"
patient is still not able to secure the vaccine through a regular
provider of care, they may be directed to one of the LADPH's public
health centers whose clinic locations and phone numbers can be
accessed at www.lapublichealth.org. But, patients are
strongly advised to call first as hours for vaccine clinics and Tdap
availability may vary by clinic.
in advance for your participation in this important public health
effort to control the pertussis outbreak and to protect our most