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 Vaccine page to learn when you and your child should get vaccinated. Where can I 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.Get more information about the whooping coughFor more information, talk to your family doctor or other health care provider or call HealthLink, for free, by dialing 8-1-1 or visit the HealthLink BC website.
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