Whooping Cough – Vaccinations

-DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis vaccine) – Children should get 5 doses at 2, 4, 6 and between 12-18 months and between 4-6 years

-Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) for children and adolescents who got DTaP or DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and have not yet gotten a booster dose of Td: the preferred age is 11-12 years but can be given as early as 7 years

-Adults who didn’t get Tdap as a pre-teen or teen should get one dose of Tdap, particularly those who have or anticipate having contact with infants

-Pregnant women who have not previously received Tdap should receive Tdap, preferably during the third or late second trimester (after 20 weeks gestation) or immediately postpartum

-Anyone who will be in contact with infants who has not received a dose of Tdap should receive one

-All healthcare workers who have not received Tdap should receive a dose as soon as possible

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertussis treatment guidelines can be accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/treatment.html