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Is your family at risk for pertussis?

You may have thought that pertussis, also known as whooping cough, was a disease of the past. But the truth is pertussis is still a serious health threat. In fact, studies estimate that up to 3.3 million cases of pertussis occur among adults and adolescents each year in the United States.2

Pertussis is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious.9 If one member of a household has pertussis, there is up to a 90% to 100% chance that others will catch it.5,7 The disease causes severe coughing that can last for several weeks. Complications of pertussis may include9

  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Hospitalization
  • Death

Even if you received vaccination against pertussis as a child, you may still be at risk. Immunity to pertussis wears off 5 to 10 years following childhood vaccination.5

You and your family could spread pertussis to your infant

Family members, especially parents, are the primary source of pertussis in vulnerable infants when a source can be identified.3 An international, multicenter study showed that when the source could be identified, family members were the source of pertussis transmission in up to 83% of infant cases. Parents were responsible for 55% of the cases. A total of 91 families completed the study, with the source case identified for 44 infants. Source cases were identified and described by relationship to the infant, age, and household status.3

Unfortunately, infants are at the greatest risk for pertussis-related complications.9 When infants begin receiving their own vaccinations against pertussis, they may not be fully protected until after they receive the full series, which concludes at 18 months.10 Even if you have a mild case of pertussis, it is still possible to pass the disease to your vulnerable infant.9

Taking a few easy steps can help protect your family from pertussis

  1. Make an appointment with your primary health-care professional to get vaccinated against pertussis with a Tdap vaccine, such as Adacel vaccine, and make sure all other recommended immunizations are up to date
  2. If you have children 11 years of age or older, talk to their health-care professionals about Tdap vaccination as well
  3. Encourage other family members and adults who have contact with your baby, such as babysitters, to get vaccinated with Tdap

Help protect your family against pertussis. Talk to your health-care professional about immunization with Adacel vaccine.

Spread the word to friends and family

Help ensure your friends and family are informed about the threat of pertussis and encourage them to get immunized against pertussis. Print out this useful tool to help you spread the word about immunization against pertussis to friends and family members.