(KPLR) – Vaccinations against childhood diseases tend to be just another part of the back-to-school routine. But health officials say adults should get vaccinations too.
News 11's Dan Gray took a look at whooping cough in children and adults.
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. For babies it can cause severe coughing and gasping and even death.