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Protecting One Takes Everyone

Whooping cough is on the rise in Oregon and infants are at the greatest risk.

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Whooping cough (pertussis) is a respiratory infection that can cause severe coughing or trouble breathing. Anyone can get whooping cough, but infants and small children are at the greatest risk for serious complications and death.

The best way to prevent whooping cough is to get vaccinated.

Parents, caregivers, and family members are the most common source of infection and can spread
the disease to infants without knowing.

Protect Children. Protect Yourself.



Whooping cough is highly contagious and is a serious risk to infants and small children. Many infants who get whooping cough are infected by older siblings who have milder symptoms. The best way to prevent whooping cough among infants, children, and adults is to get vaccinated.

Does your child have siblings? Learn more HERE.

Care Providers

Care Providers

The spread of whooping cough has been documented in many childcare, school, and healthcare facilities. The best way to prevent whooping cough among infants, children, and adults is to get the Tdap vaccination.

Are you a teacher, childcare provider, or healthcare worker? Learn more HERE.

Parents, Pregnancy


Studies show that new mothers and parents are the source for over 55% of the whooping cough cases in babies. The best way for parents and pregnant mothers to prevent whooping cough among infants is get the Tdap vaccine.

Are you a parent or a pregnant mother? Learn more HERE.



Whooping cough can occur at any age, but infants and young children are at highest risk of life-threatening consequences. Adults can spread the disease because it can be mild and often goes untreated. The best way to protect infants is to surround them with caregivers and family that have received their Tdap vaccination.

Are you a grandparent? Learn more HERE.

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