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Pertussis outbreaks have occurred in Washington State and Montana. Currently, Washington State is at epidemic proportions with over 1000 cases since the beginning of 2012. Montana State reported 90 cases of pertussis from January 1 to April 30, 2012. Pertussis is now starting to be diagnosed on some reservations in Montana.

As healthcare providers, public health workers, and those who work in reservation communities, we encourage you to use the resources below to help mitigate and manage the pertussis situation on your reservation. Flyers were created by RMTEC using information from Indian Health Service to target specific priority groups to encourage immunization against pertussis. These priority groups are pregnant women, healthcare providers, and caregivers for infants. Please distribute and post in the most appropriate areas to effectively reach these groups.

If you have any questions,
contact Folo Akintan at fakintan@mtwytlc.com
or
Karen Chin at kchin@mtwytlc.com

NEWS

Pertussis outbreaks continue to occur throughout Montana - May 3, 2012, Char-Koosta News
Feds Join Fight Against Whooping cough in Washington - May 10, 2012, NPR's Health Blog

 
RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY

Pertussis flyer
This flyer contains general information about pertussis and how it can be prevented and treated for the general community.
Information source: Indian Health Service

Pregnant Women Pertussis flyer
This flyer contains information about pertussis and what pregnant women should do to protect themselves and their baby from the disease.
Information source: Indian Health Service

Pertussis Information for Parents
This is information released by Billings Area Indian Health Service. This flyer contains information about pertussis and covers how it can affect infants, teens, and adults and what can be done to prevent the disease.
Information source: Indian Health Service

Flu - Cold - Pertussis
What's the difference between the flu, cold, and pertussis? This document gives a comprehensive overview of the difference between the flu, cold, and pertussis.
Information source: Indian Health Service

RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Use of pertussis vaccine during outbreaks
Use of pertussis vaccine during outbreaks This document contains guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on how to use and administer the pertussis vaccines during an outbreak. More guidelines for treatment, pertussis case investigation, and other ways in pertussis prevention can be found on the CDC website by following this link: Pertussis Guide
Information source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pertussis Contact Provider Letter
This form provides recommendations on treatment and prophylaxis for suspected and symptomatic pertussis cases.
Information source: Indian Health Service

Healthcare Providers Pertussis Flyer
This flyer is to encourage healthcare providers and caregivers to infants to make sure they are also up to date with their Tdap vaccinations and take preventative measures in their own health and the health of those they are caring for.
Information source: Indian Health Service

 

 

 

 

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