Detailed information on whooping cough, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Learn the symptoms of whooping cough and find out how your doctor will confirm that you have the disease.
Symptoms are often less severe in adults who have gained some protection against whooping cough from a previous immunization or infection.
Whooping cough is an infection that is more common in children, but adults can also contract it. The symptoms are usually less severe in adults.
The whooping cough vaccine for adults (and adolescents) is called Tdap (tetanus -diphtheria-acellular pertussis). Younger children get a different formulation.