Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Among vaccine-preventable diseases, pertussis is one of the most commonly occurring ones in the United States. It can cause serious illness―especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. Make sure your young children get their recommended five shots. Adolescent and adult vaccination is especially important for families with new infants. Pregnant women should be vaccinated against pertussis during the last trimester of each pregnancy.
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