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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Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough

If your child experiences uncontrollable coughing that makes it difficult for them to breathe, talk to your doctor about whooping cough. Thousands of people yearly become ill with whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis, ...

and some are hospitalized. This highly contagious illness can be very dangerous, and even deadly, in young infants. Thankfully, vaccines have helped to reduce the spread of whooping cough, although current vaccines are not 100% effective against this illness. If your child contracts this bacterial respiratory infection he or she will most likely be treated with antibiotics. To protect your children against whooping cough, talk to your doctor about vaccination

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