Whooping Cough

What is Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis. It is an infection of the air passages to the lungs that is highly contagious, spreading easily between people in close contact. It is estimated that up to 600,000 adults in the U.S. get whooping cough each year.

Whooping cough can be very serious, causing a severe cough for three months or longer. It is important for parents and others in close contact with infants to be vaccinated, because whooping cough can be serious, and possibly fatal in infants.

Immunity to whooping cough fades about 5-10 years after childhood vaccination, leaving teens and adults at higher risk for the infection and for spreading it to others.

Whooping Cough Vaccination

The vaccine for whooping cough, called Tdap, also helps protect against two other diseases: tetanus and diphtheria. The CDC recommends that all adults aged 19-64 who have not had a dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine, get a Tdap vaccination. (Resource ACP)

Additional Whooping Cough Immunization Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Features: Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – What You Need To Know

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