Pertussis is a vaccine preventable disease. The most susceptible are new borns, too young to be vaccinated, but this infection affects also adolescents and adults. Paola Stefanelli - Director of VPD - Reference Lab Unit, Head of WHO Collaborative Centre for Polio. Dept. Of Infectious Diseases, Istituto Superiore della Sanità, Rome, Italy - offers an overview on current vaccination coverage rates and strategies adopted in the european Countries against pertussis.