SAN FRANCISCO/ BAY AREA - PERTUSSIS TASK FORCE
Formed in the fall of 2008, the San Francisco Immunization Coalition - Pertussis Task Force is a group of physicians, public health officials, health care workers, child care providers, representatives from the private sector and other community members charged with preventing the spread of pertussis in the Bay Area through education and system change.
Over the past decade, the incidence of pertussis (whooping cough) has been steadily increasing in the United States. California had an epidemic of pertussis in 2010 which resulted in over 800 hospitalization and 10 deaths all in infants. Infants are almost always infected through contact with an infected adolescent or adult, who likely had their last pertussis vaccination in early childhood. This disease and these deaths are preventable.
The Pertussis Task Force has five main objectives to help decrease pertussis infection and protect those who are most vulnerable to the disease and its complications:
1. Make sure that all expecting or new mothers receive a Tdap vaccination before leaving the birthing hospital with their newborn. In addition, educate and recommend that potential contacts with the newborn (fathers, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, etc.) are also vaccinated. Emphasize that Latinos are affected by pertussis at a disproportional rate.
2. Educate hospital employees about pertussis and offer Tdap vaccine to all employees to prevent health care workers from spreading the disease to patients.
3. Ensure Emergency Rooms have and administer Tdap vaccine in replacement of Td for patients over 11 years old requiring a tetanus vaccine for wound treatment.
4. Educate the public and providers to raise awareness about pertussis symptoms, diagnosis, and how the disease is spread.
5. Advocate for changes in health care policies and recommendations as well as a better, longer-lasting pertussis vaccine to control the spread of this disease.
Participation on the Task Force is open to community members, health care workers, administrators, and anyone concerned about the spread of pertussis in the Bay Area.
Check out this video about a San Francisco Mother whose newborn baby died from whooping cough
Meeting Minutes - June 2013
Meeting Minutes - March 12, 2013
Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2013
Story in SF Chronicle about Pertussis - May 7, 2013
A useful pertussis resource page for hospitals and health care workers from the California Immunization Coalition.
CA Department of Public Health - Pertussis Summary Reports
Pertussis/Tdap flier for new parents translated into Chinese / Spanish / Russian
"We Need A Better Pertussis Vaccine" - Reporting on Health Article, SIGN the PETITION For A Better Pertussis Vaccine
The 'Panda' Talks About the Dangers of Pertussis (Tosferina)
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