Which patients with pertussis (whooping cough) have a higher risk of morbidity?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph J Bocka, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Patients with certain comorbid conditions, however, have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality and should be evaluated on an individual basis.

In addition, compared with older children and adults, infants younger than 6 months with pertussis are more likely to have severe disease, to develop complications, and to require hospitalization. From 2001-2003, 69% of infants younger than 6 months with pertussis required hospitalization. [14]


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