WHOOPING COUGH

WHAT TO WATCH FOR …

Early (first 1-2 weeks)

  • Running or stuffed-up nose
  • Persistent mild cough
  • A pause in breathing in babies

Late (after 1-2 weeks):

  • Spasmodic coughing fits
  • Vomiting

WHOOPING COUGH CAN LEAD TO …

Babies younger than one year old may develop:

  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage

Since 2010, up to 20 babies have died each year from whooping cough in the United States.

HOW TO AVOID IT

  • Children should get five doses of DTaP for best protection, one each at the following ages: two months, four months, six months, 15-18 months, 4-6 years
  • Pregnant women should get a Tdap shot in their third trimester
  • Up-to-date immunization for anyone who will be in contact with your baby

RESOURCES

WHERE TO GET VACCINATED

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Madras, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters and La Pine. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 4,200 caregivers.

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