Maine CDC Health Advisory
November 15, 2021
Pertussis and Other Childhood Respiratory Illnesses Circulating in Maine
Childhood respiratory illnesses like pertussis, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza are circulating in Maine and should be considered in addition to COVID-19.
Schools and childcare programs should be aware of exclusion recommendations specific to pertussis. The most effective approaches to preventing and reducing transmission of pertussis include ensuring children are up-to-date on recommended vaccines (and maintaining vaccination records) and ensuring symptomatic staff and children stay home if they are sick with pertussis-like symptoms. Healthcare providers should be aware of pertussis or other alternative diagnoses for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms and should test appropriately.