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Can you prevent whooping cough by washing your hands and staying away from sick people?

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Washing your hands often and covering coughs and sneezes may keep whooping cough from spreading. But getting the vaccine (in childhood and again as a teen or adult) is the best way to prevent it.

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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