Whooping Cough | Pertussis

Whooping Cough: Information on symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is highly contagious and caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. This respiratory illness can be severe for people of all ages, especially babies. Pertussis symptoms usually appear 5-10 days after exposure, but may take up to 3 weeks to manifest.

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
  • Mild, occasional cough
  • Apnea – a pause in breathing (in babies)
  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound
  • Vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits
  • Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that affects only humans. It spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or close proximity in shared breathing space. Infected individuals can easily transmit the disease to others.

The most effective way to prevent pertussis infection is vaccination. Consider our DTaP vaccine, which safeguards against diphtheria, tetanus, and pretussis. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting vaccinated, book your appointment today!