Vaccinating To Prevent Whooping Cough

An infant receiving his scheduled vaccination. (Amanda Mills/CDC)

An infant receiving his scheduled vaccination. (Amanda Mills/CDC)

An eight-week-old baby died from pertussis, also known as whooping cough — a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease.

Since infants get their first pertussis vaccination at two months, new guidelines recommend vaccinating pregnant women and adults in contact with infants as a strategy for protecting newborns.


  • Rachel Zimmerman, co-host of CommonHealth
  • Ben Kruskal, pediatrician and director of infection control and travel medicine at Harvard Vanguard, ¬†director of infectious diseases at Atrius Health


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