How does an adult vaccination against pertussis help protect the entire family?

Children – Infants are the most susceptible to pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Children get protected against pertussis from a series of vaccines they receive between 2 months and 6 years old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But, prior to 2 months old, they have no strong defense against it.

By making sure people who will be around babies and young children – especially adults and other children – are vaccinated, you are doing your best to help keep unprotected infants from getting pertussis, according to the AAP.

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