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Preventing Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and Future Outbreaks
Ensure that you have been vaccinated against whooping cough. Booster doses are required throughout life, as protection against whooping cough after vaccination wanes over time.
Infants are recommended to begin the whooping cough vaccine series, DTaP, as early as 6 weeks of age. Just one dose of DTaP may offer some protection against fatal whooping cough disease in infants. Young children are suggested to receive five doses of DTaP by kindergarten.
Adults are recommended to receive a Tdap booster and this recommendation is increased when in contact with small children
Pregnant women should receive their whooping cough vaccine during the 3rd trimester of every pregnancy
If you have recently had close contact to persons with whooping cough it is important to receive antibiotic medications
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