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Whooping cough - Everyone's responsibility

whooping_coughWhooping Cough (Pertussis) continues to be diagnosed in Washtenaw County
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Be sure you and your family are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations, including boosters.

What is Whooping Cough (Pertussis)? 

      • Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a bacterium
      • Initial symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, and mild cough, which may seem like a typical cold.
      • Usually, the cough slowly becomes more severe, and eventually the patient may experience bouts of rapid, violent coughing followed by the "whooping" sound that gives the disease its common name.
      • Whooping cough can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, permanent disability, and even death, especially in infants and young children. See CDC Whooping Cough Fact Sheet For Parents

Babies are at higher risk for severe cases

      • They have smaller airways and less developed respiratory systems
      • They're not optimally covered until completing the vaccine series at 18 months

Create a circle of protection around babies

        • All adults who are around infants should receive a pertussis booster-Parents & grandparents, childcare workers, siblings
        • Protection diminishes over time so get a booster!


Whooping cough rates in the US have been increasing since the 1980's. Be sure ALL of your vaccinations are up to date! Contact Packard Health.