How could whooping cough (pertussis) spread to my child?

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People with pertussis (whooping cough) usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria. Many infants who get pertussis are infected by parents, older siblings, or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

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Pertussis is very contagious (spreads easily from one person to another). It spreads through the air in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can also get on people’s hands. Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of pertussis. The incubation period is usually 7 – 10 days, but could be as long as 21 days.

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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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