What should my child avoid when taking the pertussis vaccine?

Louise E. Sivak, MD

Your child should be vaccinated for Pertussis (whooping cough) at 2, 4, and 6 months of age with booster at 15 or 18 months, 4 years and then at 11-12 years old. Your child need not avoid any foods, environmental exposure, or activity after receiving the vaccine. S/he may experience mild redness at the injection site, and/or soreness.

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