What should I know to care for someone with whooping cough (pertussis)?

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When caring for someone with whooping cough, it is important to make sure that they follow their doctor's advice for treatment. You should also help them get extra rest. Encourage them to eat small meals and drink lots of fluids. You may also set up a vaporizer in the room where they are resting. Keeping the home free from irritants, such as smoke, will minimize coughing spells.

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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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