Pertussis, or whooping cough, was much more common before a vaccine was developed.
There were several hundred thousand cases each year in the United States. Now that there is a pertussis vaccine, most children are immune. There are approximately one million cases of whooping cough a year in the United States, mostly in adolescents and adults.
With whooping cough, the pertussis bacteria attacks the lining of the breathing passages resulting in severe inflammation. Severe coughing is a prominent symptom, as well as narrowing of the air passageways. Whooping cough can be passed to those in close contact with the infected person if not diagnosed properly.
What should you do if your child gets whooping cough?
Listen in as Naveen Mehrotra, MD, shares what you need to know about whooping cough.