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Whooping cough information

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough (pertussis) is an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B. pertussis).

Signs and symptoms:

The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a common cold:

  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • mild cough
  • low-grade fever

Learn more about prevention:

Whooping cough can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, which is part of the DTaP immunization.

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