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When should an infant be vaccinated for whooping cough?

Infants should be vaccinated for whooping cough when they are six weeks old. However, says UCLA pediatric infectious-disease specialist James Cherry, MD, infants are not adequately protected until the initial series of three shots is complete (at about 7 months of age).

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