Burden and Outcomes of Severe Pertussis Infection in Critically Ill Infants

Straney, et al, Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2016


Objectives: Despite World Health Organization endorsed immunization schedules, Bordetella pertussis continu es to cause severe infections, predominantly in infants. There is a lack of data on the frequency and outcome of severe pertussis infections in infants requiring ICU admission. We aimed to describe admission rates, severity, mortality, and costs of pertussis infections in critically ill infants.

Conclusions: Pertussis continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality in infants, in particular during the first months of life. Improved strategies are required to reduce the significant healthcare costs and disease burden of this vaccine-preventable disease.