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Who is whooping cough (pertussis) most severe in?

Pertussis, also known as “whooping cough”, is an infection of the lungs and respiratory (breathing) system caused by a germ. Pertussis can occur at any age.  It is most severe in:

  • Babies under one year of age
  • Children who are not immunized

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