Please notify any suspected pertussis cases to the Medical Officer of Health. The Medical Officer of Health can also provide advice on obtaining laboratory confirmation.
Phone: 0800 221 555, select option 3
Complete the Notifiable Diseases Form and fax to 0800 66 89 34
On-call Medical Officer of Health: 07 579 8000 (via Tauranga Hospital switchboard)
GP Flow Chart - Pertussis - Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service summary and advice on local guidelines for diagnosis, laboratory tests, swabs and management.
Testing for pertussis - clinical update from Pathlab, July 2012
Immunisation of health professionals
The Ministry of Health recommends a pertussis booster dose (Tdap) at 10-yearly intervals for:
Lead maternity carers (LMCs) and other health care personnel who work in neonatal units and other clinical settings where they are exposed to infants, especially those with respiratory, cardiac, neurological or other co-morbid conditions. For more information, view the Immunisation Handbook 2014.
The vaccine is recommended by the Ministry of Health, but not funded.
For more information
For the latest updates on the number of pertussis cases in our area and across New Zealand, visit the ESR website.
Contact 0800 IMMUNE (466 863) or visit www.immune.org.nz
Ministry of Health: Whooping cough (pertussis) information
Ministry of Health: Whooping cough fact sheet for parents and caregivers