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Can you carry the whooping cough bacteria without knowing it?

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You likely can't carry or spread whooping cough if you don't have any symptoms. If you've gotten the vaccine, though, you could have symptoms that are mild and still be infectious. You may have cold symptoms first and later a cough.

From: Whooping Cough Vaccine: FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations." 

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

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations." 

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

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

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