Whooping Cough | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How did I get whooping cough?
  • Should my family take antibiotics in case they got whooping cough from me?
  • My child has whooping cough. Will he/she need to go to the hospital?
  • Is there any medicine I can take for my cough?
  • How long should I stay home from work? How long should I keep my child out of school/day care?
  • What is the right treatment for me?
  • My teenager hasn’t been vaccinated against whooping cough. Should he/she get the vaccination or a booster shot?
  • I’m having trouble sleeping because of the cough. Is there anything I can do to make myself more comfortable?
  • Should I stay away from my family until my cough is better?
  • How long will I be contagious?


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)

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