Whooping Cough | Overview


Vaccination Matters: Help Protect Families from Whooping Cough is a public health initiative by the American Academy of Family Physicians. It’s designed to help people understand more about the importance of whooping cough vaccination for adolescents and adults. By visiting the links below, you can learn more about the disease, review findings from a recent survey about whooping cough, and hear from someone who experienced the illness.

At your next doctor’s visit, talk about whooping cough, and ask about the Tdap vaccine to help protect you and your family.

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a respiratory tract infection.


Pertussis: A Disease Affecting All Ages by DS Gregory, M.D. (American Family Physician August 01, 2006, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060801/420.html)

Funding and support for this material have been provided by GlaxoSmithKline.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 09/06