Whooping cough (pertussis) is a bacterial infection in the respiratory tract. It is very serious illness in infants under 1 year of age. It may cause milder illness in older children.
Pertussis is highly contagious and is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. The illness starts like an ordinary cold with mild cough, congestion, and low fever.
Symptoms may include:
- Coughing spells that cause a "whooping" sound when breathing in
- Gagging or vomiting after coughing
- Poor appetite
- Feeling very tired
- Thick mucus in the nose and throat
If you’ve been exposed to whooping cough, you may be eligible to receive medication to prevent infection. Start an OnCare visit today to receive a personalized treatment plan. We provide care for whooping cough exposure to individuals 1 to 65 years old.