HOW TO HELP STEER CLEAR OF THE BIG BAD COUGH

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to help prevent whooping cough is vaccination.

INFANTS & CHILDREN

Five vaccinations with DTaP are recommended at the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, 4 to 6 years.

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PRE-TEENS & TEENS

A one-time booster vaccination with Tdap is recommended for all people ages 11 and older (can be given as early as age 10) who have not previously received Tdap.

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ADULTS

ESPECIALLY PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

A one-time booster vaccine is recommended for all adults if they have not previously received a booster dose.

Even if you’ve had whooping cough before or received a DTaP vaccine during childhood, adults should be vaccinated with Tdap if they haven’t received it before.

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HAVE CLOSE CONTACT WITH BABIES?

Babies too young to be vaccinated are most at risk for severe illness. Ideally, you should receive a booster at least 2 weeks before having close contact with an infant.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the big bad whooping cough.