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.

How we can help

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 to 7 years, and we can give first-time and booster Tdap vaccinations to older children and adults.

About DTaP Vaccinations

About Tdap Vaccinations

What the CDC recommends

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

Summary of Vaccine Recommendations

State Vaccinations Requirements


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PERTUSSIS is also known as WHOOPING COUGH and is highly contagious.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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*Pertussis vaccine is available to patients 18 months and older, 19 years and older in CT.