per·​tus·​sis | \ pər-ˈtə-səs How to pronounce pertussis (audio) \

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That includes cases such as salmonella, or even pertussis, another vaccine-preventable disease. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "4 Doctors on the Frustration, Anxiety, and Fear of Treating Patients with Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses," 26 Aug. 2019 Measles 1947 Diptheria One reason for the rebound in pertussiscould be that newer vaccines with fewer side effects also wear off sooner. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget," 16 Aug. 2019 Before 1997, the whooping cough vaccine used actual cells of B. pertussis to trigger the immune system. Arman Azad, CNN, "Whooping cough vaccine becomes less effective over time, study says," 10 June 2019 Burbank Unified registered 11 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and three cases of chickenpox last year. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "State says Burbank Unified’s kindergartens are ‘safe’ in defending against disease outbreaks," 6 Aug. 2019 Virginia health officials noted that laboratory tests identified a variety of causes of the outbreaks, including pathogens for Legionnaire’s disease, flu, the common cold and pertussis, or whooping cough. Washington Post, "Virginia reports higher-than-usual number of respiratory illnesses," 3 Aug. 2019 In Texas, the state minimum requirement for vaccinations includes: Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Vaccination rates show a dropoff," 31 July 2019 The tetanus vaccine is considered so vital that 576 million doses containing it (often along with diphtheria and pertussis) were administered from 2006 through 2017 — and 719 injury claims related to it were compensated, the data shows. New York Times, "Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between," 18 June 2019 The reports involve different regions of the state and different diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, haemophilus influenzae infection, Legionnaire’s disease and pneumonia caused by rhinovirus or human metapneumovirus. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of pertussis

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pertussis

New Latin, from Latin per- thoroughly + tussis cough

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