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Infant pertussis prevention information on Web sites of Michigan birthing hospitals

      Highlights

      • Of 85 birthing hospitals, 4 had pertussis prevention information on newborn pages.
      • Nineteen hospitals had information about pertussis vaccine but not protection of infants.
      • Information on infant pertussis prevention usually required a specific search term.
      Vaccinating pregnant women and household contacts of infants is recommended for pertussis prevention. In structured abstraction of Web sites of Michigan birthing hospitals, we found only 36% contained any pertussis prevention information, and it usually required a specific search for pertussis. Hospitals should emphasize pertussis prevention as part of general information for expectant parents.

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