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

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Siblings

 

Siblings

  • The best way to prevent whooping cough in infants, children, and teens is to get them vaccinated.
  • Siblings are the source of 16 to 21% of whooping cough cases in babies.
  • The recommended whooping cough vaccine for infants and children is called DTaP.
  • The protection received from DTaP, the childhood vaccine, fades over time so older children and adolescents to get a Tdap booster, typically at ages 11 or 12.

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Care Providers

 

Care Providers

  • Anyone who works with children, especially in childcare centers and hospitals, is at high risk of coming into contact with the whooping cough bacteria.
  • Because infants are at highest risk from whooping cough, childcare providers and healthcare workers should have a single dose of the Tdap vaccine.
  • Childcare and healthcare workers can spread whooping cough because the disease can be less severe in adults and often goes untreated.
  • Whooping cough has complications for adults as well as children. Along with a persistent cough that can last for 2-4 weeks, it can lead to drastic weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures.

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Parents, Pregnancy

 

Parents, Pregnancy

  • Vaccine protection for whooping cough fades over time, so all adults, especially parents of small children, need a Tdap vaccine. 
  • Parents and new mothers often spread whooping cough to infants and small children because the disease can be less severe and therefore goes untreated.
  • Pregnant women should get a whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine during the third trimester (between the 27th and 36thweek ) of each pregnancy to provide protection to the baby in the first weeks of life.
  • Whooping cough has complications for adults as well as children. Along with a persistent cough that can last for 2-4 weeks, it can lead to drastic weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures.

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Grandparents

 

Grandparents

  • All grandparents who spend time with infants and small children need the Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough.
  • Grandparents can spread whooping cough to infants and small children because the disease can be mild and therefore goes untreated.
  • Whooping cough has complications for adults as well as children. Along with a persistent cough that can last for 2-4 weeks, it can lead to drastic weight loss, incontinence, and rib fractures.  

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The best way to prevent whooping cough among infants, children, and adults is to get the Tdap vaccination.

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