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Can pertussis be prevented in children?

Childhood vaccines (immunizations or shots) help to prevent pertussis.

Pertussis vaccine is usually given as a DTaP shot (diphtheria and tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine).

It is given in 5 separate doses at these ages:

  • Babies at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.
  • Toddlers at 15-18 months of age.
  • Preschoolers at 4 years of age.

Since the vaccine wears off after 5 – 10 years, a booster shot is advised for preteens or young teens. Parents should also keep their babies and young children away from people who have coughs and colds.

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