GET VACCINATED TO PROTECT AGAINST WHOOPING COUGH
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The best way to protect against pertussis is immunization.Whooping cough can occur in any age group or population. A number of factors increase the risk of contracting whooping cough, although not all people with risk factors will develop the disease.
ARE YOU at risk of Whooping Cough?
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2 weeks, you could be rapidly coughing, over and over, until the air is gone from the lungs and you are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. Many infants are unable to cough but there is a noticeable pause in their breathing.
An infected person is most contagious during the early stages of disease and after the onset of cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a serious disease for babies.
Babies under 6 months may have trouble: feeding and breathing and may turn bluish.
Babies older than six months and kids with pertussis often have severe coughing spells that make it hard for them to: eat, drink, breathe, and sleep.
In infants — especially those under 6 months of age — complications from whooping cough are more severe and may include:
Remember Whooping cough is highly preventable through vaccination. Reduce your risk of Whooping Cough by:
if you, or your infant, have been exposed to whooping cough, having a cold, runny nose, sneezing and been coughing rapidly, over and over again. Seek prompt medical care.