Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Pertussis

Publication Date: 03 May 2018

The guidance as been approved for use in Scotland by the Scottish Health Protection Network Guidance Group (SHPN-GG). The guidance should be used in conjunction with the SHPN addendum.

The Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Pertussis update the 2012 HPA Guidelines for the public health management of pertussis, and are based on a recent review of all currently available scientific evidence and consultation with experts where required.

The main changes to the guidan​ce published in May 2018 include:

  • ​from May 2018 oral fluid testing is available for children aged 2 to less than 17
  • hexavalent (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB) vaccine added to the primary schedule for infants born from 1 August 2017
  • the addition of appendix 6 which summarises testing for pertussis in primary care

Resource information

Public Health England
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance


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