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Get Vaccinated to Help Prevent Whooping Cough

Morra Aarons-Mele

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whooping cough (also called pertussis) is a serious respiratory infection that spreads easily from person to person. The infection causes coughing spells so severe that it can be hard to breathe, eat, or sleep. Whooping
cough can lead to cracked ribs, pneumonia, hospitalization, or even death and can affect individuals of all ages. Babies less than a year old are at greatest risk.

Cases of whooping cough have been increasing in the United States. Four out of five babies with whooping cough catch it at home from loved ones. Nearly half of all infants with whooping cough are hospitalized and some may die.

This year, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, is running a public service campaign Get Vaccinated to Help Prevent Whooping Cough to raise awareness of the risk of whooping cough and to urge individuals – particularly those who are in close contact with infants – to get immunized with the whooping cough (also known as the Tdap) vaccine.

Vaccination is the best way to help prevent the spread of whooping
cough. We'd love for you to share this public service announcement (:30 in English and in Spanish) with your followers and encourage them to talk to a healthcare professional about Tdap
vaccination.