Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age.
The best way to protect against pertussis is immunization. TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine is available for children and those who fall in the high risk category as identified by the CDC guidelines
The Marquette County Health Department's Clinical Services Division provides a wide variety of services including immunizations. All services are offered by appointment five days a week. For more information regarding immunizations or any of our programs, please contact:
Marquette County Health Department