March for Babies sponsors
Sounds of Pertussis
Pertussis is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that can last for weeks. The disease is usually more severe in babies and young children, who will often experience severe coughing that can be followed by a “whooping” sound as they gasp for air.
Babies start pertussis vaccinations at 2 months of age, but they may not be fully protected against the disease until they’ve had at least three doses of an infant DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) vaccine. Because family members frequently pass pertussis to babies, getting vaccinated is a simple way for adults to help protect themselves and to prevent transmitting the disease to vulnerable babies.
To learn more about the campaign, visit SoundsofPertussis.com.