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Whooping cough

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection of the lining of the respiratory tract (breathing tubes). It is known as whooping cough because of the "whooping" sound that people make when gasping for air after a fit of coughing.

How is whooping cough spread?

Whooping cough is very contagious. It is spread by sneezing and coughing.

How is whooping cough treated?

It is generally treated with antibiotics, which are used to control the symptoms and to prevent infected people from spreading the disease. 

Who should be vaccinated?

Both adults and children should be vaccinated. Visit the Immunizations page to learn more.

Where you can get the whopping cough vaccination

Childhood immunizations are available from family physicians and public health nurses. Grade 9 boosters are given in school-based clinics by public health nurses. You can also get vaccinated at a local pharmacy or health care centre.

More information about the whooping cough

For more information, talk to your family doctor or other health care provider. Or contact HealthLink BC for free by calling 8-1-1 or visiting the HealthLink BC website.

More information for health care professionals and child care facilities

Visit the Communicable disease control page or the Child care facilities page.

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