Pertussis (whooping cough)

Named for the "whoop" sound children and adults sometimes make when they try to breathe in during or after a severe coughing spell, whooping cough usually starts with flu-like symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough.  These symptoms may be mild and brief, or last up to two weeks, but are often followed by severe coughing fits that may be associated with vomiting.  Fever, if present, is usually mild.  It is treatable with antibiotics.

For more information about whooping cough, please call the HHSA Immunization Branch toll-free at (866) 358-2966, or visit


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Child with whooping cough without whooping
Child with whooping cough with whooping
Whooping cough with lots of whooping
Adult male with whooping cough making loud whooping sound