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Prevention of Pertussis Across Age Groups

On Demand

Course Description

This course was produced in partnership by the Saint Louis County Health Department, The Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice, and the Sain Louis University School of Medicine.

This course is a continuing education course on the prevention of pertussis.  The module provides an information on pertussis itself, including symptoms, the process of diagnosing the disease and vaccinations, as well as epidemiology of the disease in St. Louis, Missouri.  


Target Audience

For proper outcomes measures, our target audience is confined to the 50 mile radius of St. Louis, Missouri with the specified specialites.


  • Medical Doctors
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician Assistants in the Pulmonary
  • Emergency Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Interal/Family Medicine
  • Pediatric Specialties


Learning Objectives

  1. After full participation in this enduring material learners should be able to:
  2. Assess the epidemiology of pertussis
  3. Recognize the clinical characteristics of the disease in adolescents and adults.
  4. Be able to discuss  the biology of pertussis and mechanisms of the disease.
  5. Convey the complications of pertissis in infants, childres, and adults.
  6. Conduct available dagnostic tests (PCR and culture) including sensitivity and specificity as a function of duration of illness.
  7. Evaluate techniques used for obtaining samples (nasopharyngeal swabbing).
  8. Prioritize treatment of diagnosed cases and management of individual contacts.
  9. Implement recommendations for vaccination with Tdap from the CDC recommendation for adolescents and adults.


Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

None listed



SCORM / Video


Credit /CME

Available if pre and post tests are taken.



53 minutes



None listed


Course Publication Date

Original date 2012 (updated 2020)

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