Information regarding Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis is a contagious disease caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. It is also known as Whooping Cough because of the “whooping” sound that someone makes when gasping for air after a fit of coughing. It spreads easily through coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms start with a low-grade fever, runny nose, and mild cough. After the first one – two weeks, the disease progresses to fits of rapid coughs, vomiting, and exhaustion.
The most effective way to prevent pertussis is through vaccination. If your child has not been vaccinated against pertussis, it is very important that you contact your health care provider for instructions, questions, or concerns.
Excellent information on prevention is also available from the following websites: