Of the babies who catch whooping cough before they’re a year old, around half will need time in hospital.2
Risk areas for Whooping Cough
By breathing in droplets spread by the coughs and sneezes of people infected with the bacteria that cause whooping cough.1
Cases of whooping cough can occur all over the world.3
Symptoms usually develop within 5-10 days and start with fever, sneezes, runny nose and sore throat.1,2 After a week or so, bouts of uncontrollable coughing lasting several minutes can occur. Coughing may be severe enough to cause vomiting. Sometimes people find it difficult to breathe between coughing bouts and their gasping for breath causes the characteristic “whooping” noise.1 It can take a few months before the coughing stops.2
Children under 6 months are particularly at risk of complications such as dehydration, breathing difficulties, pneumonia and fits. Emergency treatment may be required.1
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection:
- Visit your nearest convenient pharmacy or specialist travel health clinic for a risk assessment before your trip
- Pregnant women are advised to have the whooping cough vaccine. This protects babies during their first weeks of life.1
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- NHS. Conditions. Whooping cough. November 2019. Available online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/whooping-cough/ (Last accessed May 2021)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis (Whooping Cough). About Pertussis. Signs and Symptoms. August 2017. Available online: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html (Last accessed May 2021)
- World Health Organization. Immunization Monitoring Pertussis reported cases. October 2020. Available online: http://apps.who.int/immunization_monitoring/globalsummary/timeseries/tsincidencepertussis.html (Last accessed May 2021)
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