Whooping Cough

Whooping cough disease (also called pertussis). It causes coughing fits that make it hard to breathe and spreads easily when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes.

Whooping cough signs and symptoms

Early Symptoms
Often, symptoms start mild and are like a common cold: runny nose, low or no fever, sneezing, mild cough

Symptoms After 1-2 Weeks
Symptoms can get worse fast and can last for months. They include bad coughing attacks that may lead to: vomiting, problems breathing, a red or blue face, extreme tiredness, a “whoop” sound, and sweating spells.

Symptoms in Infants Are Different
Infants younger than 6 months old often do not have a typical cough. In the early stages, infants may: gasp or gag, get very tired, stop breathing or they may have seizures. Symptoms can get worse very fast. Often, babies need to go to the hospital for care.

Whooping Cough Shots Prevent the Disease

  • Everyone needs to be up-to-date on their whooping cough shots (DTaP for kids younger than 7 years; or Tdap for older ages).
  • Immunity from the disease or the shots wears off, so people 10 years and older need a booster shot.
  • Newborn babies are too young for the shots.

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