Do you have a distinct, persistent cough?


If you have a distinct, persistent cough, you may have pertussis.

Click here to hear the "sounds of pertussis."

Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough.

Every year the Adams County Health Department sees cases of pertussis.

Many adults get pertussis because their T-DAP , tetanus , diptheria , and pertussis vaccines need a booster.

It can lead to pneumonia and other upper respiratory problems, but the major threat is transmitting the infection to small children.

Pertussis is easily transmitted from person to person, through actions like coughing, sneezing or just talking. Early symptoms include runny nose and coughs lasting for more than three weeks. In young children, the symptoms can become worse leading to hospitalization.

Karen Spring, Registered Nurse with the Adams County Health Department says, "It's very important that grandparents and those that are going to be around newborns, definitely make sure that they do have the T-DAP, tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis vaccine."

The State of Illinois now requires a T-DAP booster shot for children in 6th through 12th grades.