Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Why get immunized against pertussis?
Adults who get pertussis or whooping cough may dismiss it as a nagging cough associated with the common cold. They can unknowingly spread pertussis when they cough. Pertussis can be life-threatening in infants and young children.
Health officials urge parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants and small children to get immunized against pertussis.
You can do this by requesting the Tdap (tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis) vaccine. Ask your healthcare provider or contact the DOH-Sarasota for more information.