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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Immunization Program
3530 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 351-7800
Fax: (213) 351-2780

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WEBINAR: Pertussis in California - The New Normal: Recommendations and Resources for Health Care Providers

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Pertussis in California - The New Normal Recommendations and Resources for Health Care Providers

Archived Webinar

View the archived webinar, with audio, in MP4 format.

You can also view the webinar slides as full page slides or in handout format.

In addition, you can review responses to questions asked by webinar participants.

The live and archived webinar have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

The webinar was recorded on 7/23/15. Original release date: 7/28/15.
Review date: 7/22/16. Next Review date or Termination date: 7/22/17.

Physicians - to obtain CME, view the webinar and click here to complete the evaluation and post-test. You must answer at least 5/6 questions correctly to successfully complete the activity for [1] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Other health care providers – to obtain a Certificate of Attendance, view the webinar and click here. Nurses - according to the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames. This activity is designated for [1] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and this is stated on the Certificate of Attendance.

Webinar Overview
All health care providers are invited to participate in this webinar to learn about the California pertussis epidemic as well as how to manage pertussis cases and prevent transmission.

In 2014, more than 11,000 pertussis cases were reported in California, the highest number for over 65 years. In this webinar, Kathleen Winter, Epidemiologist in the Immunization Branch in the California Department of Public Health, will explain the epidemic, provide an update on pertussis cases in California, describe risk factors for pertussis and identify those at highest risk for morbidity. Pediatrician and pertussis expert Dr. James Cherry will discuss the clinical characteristics of pertussis, and the current recommendations for diagnosis, testing and treatment. Both experts will discuss frequently asked questions such as the rationale for vaccinating women during each pregnancy and when a pertussis contact can return to school or work.

The webinar will close with an open forum for questions from the audience.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for pediatric, internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and urgent care physicians. Other groups who are encouraged to participate include all primary care health care providers and their office staff who may evaluate a patient presenting with pertussis-like symptoms.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List three common clinical characteristics of pertussis
  2. Identify the laboratory tests that are indicated in patients with suspect pertussis
  3. Name two appropriate antibiotic regimens to treat pertussis
  4. State how many days are needed prior to releasing pertussis contacts back to school/work
  5. State the most important reason why third-trimester pregnant women should receive Tdap
  6. Explain why pertussis incidence appears to be increasing in California and in the United States
  7. Describe differences in pertussis morbidity and mortality among infants less than four months of age by race/ethnicity

Webinar Presenters

James D. Cherry, MD, MSc

Dr. Cherry is a Distinguished Research Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. Dr. Cherry received his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1957 and his M.Sc. degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1983. He was an intern and resident at Boston City Hospital and Kings County Hospital between 1957 and 1960. He served an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital during 1961 and 1962. He has held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin, St. Louis University, and UCLA extending from 1960 to 2013.

Dr. Cherry‘s primary research focus over the past 30 years has been on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, with his recent work focusing largely on the epidemiology of Bordetella pertussis and its prevention through new vaccine strategies. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in 2003 and the UCLA Medical Alumni Associations’ Medical Science award in 2005.

Kathleen Winter, MPH

Kathleen Winter is an epidemiologist in the Immunization Branch in the California Department of Public Health. She has worked with the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Surveillance and Epidemiology Section for the past 9 years and over that time has closely monitored pertussis disease activity and vaccination efforts. She has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners on several studies contributing to the current understanding of pertussis disease epidemiology and vaccine effectiveness. Kathleen is also a fourth-year doctoral student at UC Berkeley studying Epidemiology and plans to conduct her dissertation research on pertussis.

Accreditation Statement
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates the live and archived activity for a maximum of [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Nurses receive a Certificate of attendance. This activity is designated for [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ which is recognized by the California Board of Registered Nursing toward license renewal for registered nurses.

Contact Information
For questions or further information, please contact: Disly Juarez, MPH, 213-989-7236,

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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