So far this year, there have been >18,000 cases and 9 deaths from pertussis in the US. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for adolescents age 11-12, pregnant women, and any adult who has never received a pertussis booster (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.