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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Sounds

People with the disease can cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs and they are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound. Pertussis is worse for very young children. Also, it is important to know that not everyone with pertussis coughs or "whoops".


boy with pertussis

Watch a short video of a boy coughing due to pertussis (00:12 seconds)

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Podcasts

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Recognizing and Preventing Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

  • English (3:28 minutes, Date Released: 9/15/2010)
  • en Español (3:33 minutes, Date Released: 9/9/2010)

A mother of two and epidemiologist with CDC discusses the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis) and how to prevent it. She discusses the importance of getting everyone vaccinated, especially those who will have close contact with an infant.

 


Teen and adult

Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, Vaccine Recommendation for Adolescents
Listen To This Podcast (4:22 minutes, Date Released: 8/7/2008)

This podcast provides information on pertussis and the Tdap vaccine recommendations for adolescents.

 


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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) PSA

  • English (0:30 minutes, Date Released: 9/15/2010)
  • en Español (0:30 minutes, Date Released: 9/9/2010)

This 30 second PSA encourages everyone to get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis), especially those who will have close contact with an infant.

 


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Videos for Clinicians

CDC Expert Commentary - Considerations for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis After Exposure to Pertussis

CDC Commentary — Considerations for Antimicrobial Prophylaxis After Exposure to Pertussis (4:05 minutes, Date Released: 01/21/2014)
Stay up-to-date on when to use antimicrobial prophylaxis after someone is exposed to pertussis.

 


CDC Expert Commentary - Pertussis Diagnosis: Avoid the Pitfalls of PCR

 


Man with pertussis.

 


CDC Expert Commentary - Pertussis Diagnosis: Avoid the Pitfalls of PCR

CDC Commentary — Protect Patients from Deadly Pertussis: Updated Vaccine Guidelines (5:59 minutes, Date Released: 03/11/2013)
Learn the latest vaccine recommendations for preventing pertussis from infancy through adulthood.

 


CDC Expert Commentary - Pertussis Diagnosis: Avoid the Pitfalls of PCR

CDC Commentary — Pertussis Diagnosis: Avoid the Pitfalls of PCR (5:44 minutes, Date Released: 02/28/2011)
Learn how to optimize the use of PCR testing for pertussis by avoiding some of the more common pitfalls leading to inaccurate results.

 


Swab video.

Pertussis Testing Video: Collecting a Nasopharyngeal Swab Clinical Specimen (4:12 minutes, Date Released: 2/14/2011)
This video demonstrates proper techniques for collecting and transporting a pertussis clinical specimen obtained by swabbing the posterior nasopharynx.

 


Aspirate video.

Pertussis Testing Video: Collecting a Nasopharyngeal Aspirate Clinical Specimen (4:14 minutes, Date Released: 2/14/2011)
This video demonstrates proper techniques for collecting and transporting a pertussis clinical specimen from the posterior nasopharynx obtained by aspiration.

 


CDC Commentary: Pertussis - Recognition and Treatment

CDC Commentary: Pertussis — Recognition and Treatment (3:36 minutes, Date Released: 1/25/2010)
Are you up-to-date on the recognition and treatment of pertussis?

 


Also see:

Stethoscope and biology book.

Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis
Presentation on Emerging Trends and Vaccine Recommendations
Recorded webcast (59:21 minutes); slides and transcript also available.

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Videos for Parents and Patients

Adult Immunizations Video

Help Build a Circle of Protection (3:22 minutes, Date Released: 4/11/2013)
Watch a family’s story about losing their infant daughter to pertussis and why vaccination is so important.

 


Adult Immunizations Video

Adult Immunizations (3:59 minutes, Date Released: 8/13/2010)
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection.

 


mother and baby

Get The Picture: Childhood Immunizations (6:27 minutes, Date Released: 4/13/2009)
After talking with parents across the country, CDC put together this short video to help answer the tough questions that real moms had about childhood immunizations. Understanding the importance of vaccines is crucial for you to protect your children’s health.

 


Baby with pertussis. Courtesy of the California Department of Health Services and Healthy Nevadans 2000, Nevada State Health Division.

Immunization Action Coalition Pertussis Videos (1:44 minutes)
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) offers a variety of videos showing babies and children with pertussis.

 


Video: Protect You and Your Baby from Pertussis

Protect You and Your Baby from Pertussis (0:30 minutes)
This 30 second PSA by the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch promotes the recommendation to get Tdap vaccine while pregnant.

 


Video - Jeff Gordon Joins the Fight Against Pertussis.

Jeff Gordon Joins the Fight Against Pertussis (0:60 minutes)
A 60 second PSA encouraging new and expectant parents to help protect their babies by making sure that anyone who is, or will be, in close contact with a young infant has been vaccinated against pertussis.

 


PKIDS video

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs)
PKIDs offers a variety of videos about pertussis, including one family's struggle.

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