Yes, we get vaccinated for pertussis or whooping cough as kids. Sometimes people do get whooping cough despite this though because it isn't a 100 percent effective but has reduced the amount of cases significantly since its introduction.
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We get a series of vaccinations for pertussis/whooping cough as a child but immunity wears off at appx age 15. Also immunity doesn't begin until about 18 months old. Also an infant is unable to first get vaxd for it until at least 6 months---so they are at risk of getting a fatal case of this. WC is very contagious. Adults WILL get this very often. It starts as a cold. They pass it to their non-immune kids. Then a week later the cough starts picking up-long after the adults think it is just a cold. Infants throats spasm shut and cannot get air. even adults can pass out while unable to get air in their lungs. I have it now, but still got my TDaP booster vax today because I have a 2 month old nephew. My brother just passed out coughing in the bathroom and woke up on the floor.
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