Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Preventable by Vaccination
What is Whooping Cough?
Transmission of Whooping Cough
How do I know if my child has Whooping Cough?
The History of Pertussis
Complications of Pertussis
Infants are more susceptible for neurological complications due to the lack of oxygen.
Rib fractures from excessive coughing may occur.
How to Prevent Whooping Cough?
Whooping cough is preventable by a vaccination known as Tdap. This vaccine is a combination vaccine that prevents one from contracting pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that pregnant women, infants, and those in close care or proximity of infants receive the vaccination. Due to the fact that people of all ages are susceptible to whooping cough, the Tdap shot is recommended for children ages birth-6 years, and a booster at 11-18 years, and an additional shot is recommended for adults who did not receive a booster as a teen.