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Why should adults get a whooping cough vaccine?

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Adults get whooping cough. You may think whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is something only children or babies get. But adults can get sick, too.

Adults pass whooping cough to babies. Although whooping cough is rarely deadly in teens or adults, you can pass it on to a baby who has not gotten the vaccine.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 08, 2019

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