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How is whooping cough spread?

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Whooping cough, or pertussis, can be spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Most often, it spreads among family members and other people in the house, like babysitters.

You can prevent whooping cough in your young child with the DTaP vaccine. The vaccine also protects against tetanus and diphtheria.

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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