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What increases my risk for whooping cough (pertussis)?

Your risk for catching whooping cough increases when you are around someone with the illness. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the bacteria are expelled into the air in airborne droplets of moisture. When you breathe these in, you may become infected.

Vaccines are available, but children under six months have not received a full series of vaccinations are at a higher risk. Also people who were vaccinated as children are also at a higher risk because the vaccine becomes ineffective over time.

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