Pertussis Expert at Packard Children’s Hospital Available for Media Interviews

CDC reports major spike of cases in the U.S.

Pertussis Expert at Packard Children’s Hospital Available for Media Interviews

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The has reported that the U.S. is on track to have a worst-in-six-decades year for pertussis, or whooping cough, with more than 18,000 cases reported so far in 2012.

Physician-researcher , chief of pediatric infectious disease at Packard Children’s and professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, is available to media for interviews and expert comment about this highly contagious respiratory disease. Dr. Maldonado can discuss with reporters:

* The importance of immunization and booster shots

* Warning signs, and the danger to babies

* Recommendations for pregnant moms

* Why California has few whooping cough cases in spite of the nationwide epidemic

* Travel tips

Dr. Maldonado is internationally known for her research on infectious diseases that affect children, including measles, polio and HIV. In addition to Dr. Maldonado’s commentary, the California Department of Public Health offers a pertussis resource page for the public at .

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