Doctor advises to get the Whooping Cough vaccination

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Whooping cough or Pertussis in adults is sometimes known as the 100 day cough.

We often hear about children needing the vaccination, but doctors say adults should consider getting the vaccination that protects against Pertussis, Tetanus and Diphtheria.

 Adults with a lingering cough that lasts more than two weeks should see their doctor. Pertussis is very contagious and someone with the disease can pass it on to 10 to 12 people through coughing and sneezing.              

 The Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control for the St. Louis County Health Department, says sometimes in adults it is not detected as whooping cough because there is usually no “whooping” sound in their cough.

“Even if you’ve had Pertussis vaccination as a child, the effect of that vaccine wanes over time so even though it protects you up to 80 to 90 percent, you can still end up getting the disease. Symptoms might be a lot less severe but it’s always a good idea if you have a newborn baby. If you have children around the house of course get them immunized but also immunize the people who take care of them,” said Dr. Faisal Khan.

For babies, Pertussis can cause severe coughing and gasping and even death.  The booster shot is recommended for anyone who hasn’t received the Pertussis vaccination in ten years.