Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that can strike at any age, but is particularly dangerous for babies. The sounds of pertussis are like no other, marked by a “whoop” made when gasping for breath after a severe coughing attack. Listen below (or follow this link: the sound of whooping cough).
More than 50% of babies with reported cases of pertussis must be hospitalized. Coughing can be so severe that it is hard for babies to eat, drink or breathe. Pertussis is vaccine preventable. Please check with your local healthcare provider to make sure you are up to date with your immunizations.
For more information, visit whooping cough facts.