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Whooping Cough(Pertussis) is very contagious. It can cause serious illness and even death especially in infants.

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?

  • Adolescents and older adults whose vaccination has becomes less effective over time
         Asthmatics
  • Close exposure to infected infants and young children, such as working in a day care center or hospital
  • Infants younger than six months of age
  • Not being fully vaccinated for whooping cough with the pertussis vaccine
  • Pregnancy

 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 toeat, drink, breathe, and sleep.


In infants — especially those under 6 months of age — complications from whooping cough are more severe and may include:

  • Ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage

Remember Whooping cough is highly preventable through vaccination. Reduce your risk of Whooping Cough by: 

  • Avoiding contact with a person who has whooping cough
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your elbow (not the hand) or a tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Getting vaccinated for whooping cough or vaccination ed 10 years later.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds

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.
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