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The changing epidemiology of pertussis in the Hunter New England area and potential implications for the immunisation schedule Volume 17 Issue 3-4

David Durrheim, Peter Massey, Chris Carr, Fakhrul Islam

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 17(4) 48 - 51 Published: 2006

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David Durrheim

Peter Massey

Chris Carr

Fakhrul Islam


Notifications of pertussis in adults have recently shown an upward trend in the Hunter New England Area, while rates in adolescents have decreased. This article presents trends in pertussis notifications and rates for the Hunter New England region for the period 1998–2005, demonstrating a shift in pertussis incidence to older age groups that peak in the 50–64 age group.