Pertussis (whooping cough)

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​Read about the symptoms and treatment of whooping cough, a bacterial infection affecting the lungs.

Key points

  • Whooping cough can be a serious bacterial infection in children.
  • You can prevent pertussis by having your child vaccinated and getting a booster shot if needed. Ask your health-care provider for advice.
  • Whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics. People who come in close contact with your child will need to take medication.
  • See your doctor if your child's cough gets worse or occurs in clusters. Call 911 if your child's cough makes breathing difficult or causes your child's face to turn blue or if your child has a seizure.
Last updated: June 17th 2014