Whooping Cough Directory
Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory infection disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. The disease usually starts with cold symptoms but then leads to severe coughing spells, which can last for many weeks or even months. It is called whooping cough because most people makes a "whoop" sound when trying to take a breath after coughing; this is due to all the air being forced out of the lungs. Whooping cough can lead to serious illness and death. It is especially severe among young babies. A vaccine can help prevent whooping cough. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how whooping cough is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Whooping Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
WebMD explains whooping cough (also known as pertussis), a bacterial infection that causes a cough and cold-like symptoms. Vaccines may help prevent it.
DTap and Tdap Vaccines
WebMD explains the DTap and Tdap vaccines -- why they're given, who should get them, side effects, and other important information about these immunizations.
Vaccines for Preteens and Teens
Find out what vaccinations are recommended for your preteen and teenager..
Whooping Cough Vaccine: FAQ
Get answers to questions about DTaP and Tdap, the vaccines that prevent whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus.
How Moms Prevent Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough is highly contagious. If one person has pertussis, up to 90% of people in the same house will get it. Here’s what careful moms do.
The Dangers of Whooping Cough
A guide to whooping cough, or pertussis: its symptoms, danger signs, prevention, and treatment.
Prevent Whooping Cough in Your Baby With Pertussis Vaccines
It's not enough to get your baby vaccinated against whooping cough. You need to get vaccinated, too.
Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough?
You may think only children get whooping cough. But it's more common in adults and teenagers -- who can pass it on to babies. Here's how to keep your baby safe.