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Pertussis Vaccine
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Pertussis Vaccine?

Pertussis , also called whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lining and airways of the respiratory tract. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

Pertussis is spread by:

  • Inhaling wet droplets from the sneeze or cough of a person infected with pertussis
  • Having direct contact with the person’s respiratory secretions

This infection is most common in infants and children. People at most risk are those who:

  • Have not been immunized
  • Live or work with someone who has pertussis
  • Live in close quarters (eg, dormitory, nursing home)
  • Live in crowded or unsanitary conditions
  • Are pregnant

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose and congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, red eyes
  • Dry cough
  • Severe coughing spells that may end...