Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination

Pronounced (per-TUS-iss)

Vaccines are available that help prevent whooping cough, also known as pertussis. Whooping cough is a respiratory disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Two kinds of vaccines used in the United States today help protect against whooping cough, both of which also provide protection 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 pregnant women. Adults who have never received one should also get a Tdap shot. Talk with your or your child’s doctor if you have questions about whooping cough vaccines.

What Everyone Should Know
Information for Healthcare Professionals
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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