Pertussis: What Parents Need to Know
This one-page handout educates parents about pertussis, or whooping cough, a persistent cough illness. It describes symptoms, and explains how it is spread and how long a person is contagious after starting a course of antibiotics. The document describes the lab test for it, and discusses prevention through routine childhood immunizations, and a pertussis vaccine booster shot (Tdap) for adolescents and adults given in combination with tetanus and diphtheria. It advises contacting your healthcare provider if a child develops symptoms or has been exposed to a person with pertussis.