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This article examines the perils of the contagious disease pertussis, prevalent among infants around the country. Signs and symptoms of the disease are discussed, along with the current and future means of its diagnosis. Pertussis immunization, legal aspects, side effects, and schedule are discussed. Current medical treatment and nursing management are also presented. Finally, a care plan for the infant with pertussis utilizing nursing diagnosis is introduced.
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