Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign Launches “Grandparents’ Corner” to Help Grandparents Better Protect Their Families From Whooping Cough

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March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur have launched Grandparents’ Corner, a new online resource from the Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign, to help grandparents learn more about the potential risks of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and the importance of adult tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination. National Sounds of Pertussis Campaign Ambassador Sarah Michelle Gellar and her mother, Rosellen, are working together to encourage grandparents across the country to access the customized tools and resources available on the site.


  • Pertussis is a highly contagious and often serious disease, especially in young children and infants.1,2 Infants are particularly vulnerable to pertussis because they don't begin receiving their own vaccinations until they are two months old and may not be protected until they have received at least three doses of the infant DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) vaccine.3,4


  • Researchers found when it could be determined how an infant caught pertussis, family members – including grandparents – were responsible for spreading the disease in up to 80 percent of cases.5


  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that America is currently experiencing the largest outbreak of reported pertussis cases in 50 years.6


  • Grandparents’ Corner was developed in part by leading Grandparent Expert Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, a grandparent himself to provide a comprehensive resource for grandparents. On the website, grandparents can:
    • Read the Grandparents’ Guide to Pertussis to learn how adult Tdap vaccination can help protect them and help stop the spread of pertussis to infants
    • Find answers to some frequently asked questions about the transition from “parent” to “grandparent”
    • Print the New Grandchild Birth Announcement mailer to announce the new addition to their family and encourage family and friends to make sure they are up-to-date on their adult Tdap vaccination before meeting their grandbaby.


  • To learn more about pertussis, the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign and Grandparents’ Corner, please visit


Caption: Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, National Sounds of Pertussis®
Campaign Ambassador, with her mother, Rosellen Gellar, grandmother of two




  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Disease Information: Pertussis: Causes & Transmission. Accessed August 8, 2013.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Disease Information: Pertussis: Complications. Accessed August 8, 2013.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Immunization Schedules. Accessed August 8, 2013.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Disease Information: Pertussis: Signs & Symptoms. Accessed August 8, 2013.
  5. Bisgard KM, Pascual FB, Ehresmann KR et al. Infant pertussis: who was the source? Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004;23(11):985-9.

Cherry, JD. Perspective: Epidemic pertussis in 2012 — the resurgence of a vaccine-preventable disease. N Engl J Med. 2012; 367:785-787 August 30, 2012. Accessed August 8, 2013.


Thursday, October 3, 2013