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What happens if my child misses a dose of the pertussis vaccine?

You should call your healthcare provider to make up the missing dose as soon as possible. The doses for your child are scheduled months apart, so it is very important that your child make up the missing dose. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and can result in a very serious respiratory tract infections in children. The series of inoculations are very important and designed to build up a child's immunity to the infection.

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