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Pertussis Outbreak 2010

Pertussis Outbreak 2010

Whooping cough - known medically as pertussis - is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants.

Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts. The best way to prevent it is through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults is called Tdap. Both protect against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.

The state of California is facing a state-wide pertussis epidemic. Click on the link below to get additional information about pertussis disease and pertussis vaccine.

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