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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported approximately 10,000 cases of pertussis throughout California in 2014—the highest number in recent memory. CDPH has stated that pertussis has become endemic in California and high numbers of pertussis cases are expected to persist. Marin County Public Health recommends: Vaccinate all susceptible individuals against pertussis according to the ACIP schedule and implement cocooning strategy around infants.  The pertussis vaccine can prevent the disease or attenuate the severity of the disease. Think pertussis. Enquire if other household members are or have been recently sick with a respiratory illness, particularly characterized by paroxysmal coughing and post-tussive emesis.    Test for pertussis. People who have been vaccinated for pertussis often present with mild symptoms. Have a high index of suspicion and a low threshold... continue reading