Pertussis (Whopping Cough) Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Whopping Cough?

A: Whopping cough is a disease of the respiratory tract caused by the Bordetella Pertussis which enters the body through the nose and mouth. Many children with the disease have coughing spells which are prolonged. The disease is most dangerous in children less than 1 year of age.

Q: How is Whopping Cough prevented?

A: The best way to prevent Whopping Cough among babies, children, teens and adults is to get vaccinated.

Q: At what age do children usually receive the vaccine against Whopping cough?

A: The vaccine is given to children at the ages of 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 18 months and 3 years 9 months.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Side effects include redness, swelling, and tenderness where the shot is given. Fever may also occur.

Q: Where can children be taken to receive this vaccine?

A: The Vaccine is given to children at the Child Health Clinic at their Health centre