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Thurston County, Washington

Public Health and Social Services

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a respiratory disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. There are two kinds of vaccines used today to protect against whooping cough, which are the DTaP and the Tdap vaccines.

Protect Against Pertussis

Whooping cough (pertussis) can cause serious illness in people of all ages but is most dangerous for babies.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against pertussis. Make sure you and your loved ones are up to date with your whooping cough vaccines.

Pertussis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

whooping cough/pertussis disease progression timeline