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What are the symptoms of whooping cough/Pertussis? Whooping cough starts with the following symptoms: Runny or stuffed-up nose, sneezing, mild cough, a pause in breathing in infants (apnea). After 1-2 weeks, coughing, which can be severe, starts. Children and babies may then begin to develop these more serious problems: 1. Coughing very hard, over and over 2. Gasping for breath after a coughing fit. They may make a "whooping" sound. Babies may not cough or make this sound - they may gag and gasp. 3. Difficulty breathing, eating, drinking, or sleeping because of coughing fits. These coughing fits happen more at night. 4. Turning blue while coughing from lack of oxygen, 5. vomiting after coughing fits. Coughing fits can last for 10 weeks, and sometimes happen again the next time the child has a respiratory illness. Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when a person who has whooping cough breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Almost everyone who is not immune to whopping cough will get sick if exposed to it. A person can spread the disease from the very beginning of the sickness (when he has cold-like symptoms) and for at least 2 weeks after coughing starts. To learn more about the DTaP or Tdap shots, talk to your child's doctor, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or visit Bracken County Health Department has Tdap vaccine available. Contact us at 606-735-2157 to get vaccinated. Edit Text

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