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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) what you need to know

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BY RACHEL BRINEY

Nelson County Health Department

Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults, including pregnant women. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria — Bordetella pertussis. Among vaccine-preventable diseases, pertussis is one of the most commonly occurring ones in the United States.

 

Pertussis vaccine protection


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