What is Pertussis?

Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough which is a respiratory infection caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Pertussis circulates year-round all over the world. It spreads through droplets in the air when an infected person is coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms develop 7 to 10 days after exposure and may include fever, runny nose, red eyes and a cough. Coughing fits can lead to difficulty breathing and vomiting. This infection is worse for infants and young children. Getting vaccinated helps protect yourself and others.

Prevention Vaccine names

Adacel, Adacel-Polio, Boostrix, Boostrix-Polio Minimum age 4 years Primary series Children receive 4-6 dose series with routine immunization programs.

Adults not previously immunized receive at least 1 dose of pertussis containing vaccine.

Boosters Every 10 years

Note Early boosters are offered to pregnant women between 27 to 32 weeks of pregnancy to help protect newborns from the infection.