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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination

Pronounced (per-TUS-iss)

One of the Recommended Vaccines

Vaccines are available that can help prevent whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Whooping cough is a respiratory disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Two kinds of vaccines used today help protect against whooping cough, both of which also protect against other diseases:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccines
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines

Babies and children younger than 7 years old receive DTaP, while older children and adults receive Tdap.

CDC recommends whooping cough vaccination for all babies and children, preteens and teens, and pregnant women. Adults who have never received a dose of Tdap should also get vaccinated against pertussis. Talk with your or your child’s healthcare professional if you have questions about whooping cough vaccines.

Graphic depicting young children, preteens, pregnant women, and adults, all of which need whooping cough vaccines.

CDC recommends whooping cough vaccination for:

  • Young children
  • Preteens
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults who have never received Tdap

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