What is Pertussis and how can I prevent it?


Pertussis (also called whooping cough) is a respiratory infection that can cause spells of violent coughing for weeks or months. It is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Pertussis can also cause pneumonia, ear infections, seizures, swelling of the brain and death.

Children younger than one year of age have the highest risk of complications. However, pertussis protection is recommended for all ages. Pertussis protection is available within routine vaccinations according to schedule below:

Age 2, 4, 6 and 18 months
Age 4 to 6 years
Age 14 to 16 years
Adults – 1 lifetime dose

Please contact your healthcare provider (HCP)to receive any required immunizations.
If you do not have a HCP or if you have any questions or concerns please call us:
CK Public Health – Clinic Services 519-355-1071 ext 5900.