In recent years, as many as 20 babies younger than one year old have died from whooping cough each year in the US.
Whooping cough has been on the rise in the US since an all-time low of just over 1,000 cases were reported in 1976.
It can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than one year old.
Common sources of infection in babies are older siblings, parents, and caregivers.
Sometimes a “whoop” sound occurs while gasping for breath at the end of a coughing spell.
The coughing spells can continue for up to 10 weeks or more.
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a serious infection that spreads easily from person to person.
The disease causes uncontrollable, violent coughing spells that makes it hard to breathe, eat, or sleep.
48,227 cases were reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012, the most recent peak year. Symptoms Early symptoms of whooping cough are similar to the common cold or bronchitis and may include runny nose, sneezing, and mild or occasional cough.
Coughing spasms become progressively worse, and can be accompanied by vomiting and exhaustion.
The whooping cough vaccine for adults (and adolescents) is called Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis). The most common reactions after vaccination are pain and redness at the injection site, mild fever, headache, and fatigue. A healthcare professional should be informed if you developed a severe reaction following a prior tetanus vaccination.