Mississippi State Department of Health

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. It most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than one year of age. Children are routinely protected against pertussis when they receive the DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) vaccine.

Additional Resources

For more information contact:

Links referenced
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/
local health office,    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html

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