Pertussis vaccinations

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Why your family should get vaccinated

Also known as whooping cough, pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious illness, especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated.

To prevent pertussis, infants should be vaccinated as soon as they are old enough. Older adults who were vaccinated should get boosters as the vaccine fades over time.

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We recommend that those over 18 should get a booster vaccination immediately if they haven't received one and/or have contact with infants.

We can administer infants their fourth DTaP dose at 18 months and the fifth dose at 6–7 years, and we can give first-time and booster TDaP vaccinations to older children and adults.


12% of teens 13-17 are not fully vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis)

Source: CNC. National, regional, state and selected locate area vaccination coverage among adolescents ages 13-17 years – United States, 2014.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the following guidelines

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  • DTaP vaccine is recommended for children under the age of 7. 5 doses at 2, 4, 6, 18 months and 4-6 years.
  • TDaP vaccine is recommended for those over 7 years old. Boosters at 11-12 years old and then every 10 years.


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