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Pregnancy and Whooping Cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that affects your lungs and is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It can be serious for anyone, but life-threatening in newborns and young babies. Learn how you can help protect your baby from whooping cough.

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Get Vaccinated While Pregnant

You can give your baby some short-term protection in early life when he is most vulnerable.

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Surround Babies with Protection

You can provide indirect protection to your baby by asking anyone who is around him to get a whooping cough vaccine.

Vaccinate Your Baby
Vaccinate Your Baby

You can help your baby start building her own protection against whooping cough by getting her vaccine on time.


Additional Information

Learn about the safety, side effects, and effectiveness of whooping cough vaccines.

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Deadly Disease for Babies

Disease trends, risks, complications, photos...

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Safety and Side Effects

Information for mom and baby, breastfeeding...

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Vaccine Effectiveness

Short and long-term protection...

Research & Materials

Journal articles, fact sheets, and other materials about preventing whooping cough in babies...

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