Whooping Cough: Overview

Whooping cough, also called Pertussis, is a respiratory infection that is well-known for its characteristic cough. Whooping cough is extremely dangerous to young children, and has a high fatality rate in infants and babies. The early symptoms of whooping cough are also similar to other common illnesses such as the common cold, and whooping cough is often misdiagnosed. The characteristic cough develops late and not in all cases. See your doctor immediately if whooping cough is suspected. Whooping cough was relatively rare in the past due to high vaccination rates, but has been making a resurgence in recent years due to declining vaccination rates and the fact that vaccinations wear off after 10-15 years.

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