Environmental Health & Food Protection
Protect Your Family—and Our Community—Against Whooping Cough
Whooping cough (also called pertussis) is common in the United States, and it is on the rise in our community. It spreads easily and can cause violent coughing fits that can last up to 10 weeks or more. In infants and young children, the disease can be quite severe, even deadly—especially in babies younger than 6 months of age. The DTaP vaccine for babies and young children, and the Tdap vaccine for preteens, teens, and adults — including pregnant women — help prevent this potentially life-threatening illness. Protect your family—and our faith community—against whooping cough. Talk to your doctor about getting yourself and your children vaccinated. To learn more about whooping cough and the vaccines to prevent it, visit www.cdc.gov/whoopingcough or speak with your health care professional.