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Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers Why Whooping Cough is Serious: Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a contagious disease that can be passed easily from person to person. It is very serious for babies and can cause them to cough so much that they cannot breathe. Hundreds of Protect babies are hospitalized each year for whooping cough, and some die from it. Whooping cough can cause adults or teens to have severe coughing that Yourself, leads to vomiting or broken ribs. They can be hospitalized for pneumonia and miss weeks of work or school. Even worse, they can spread whooping Your cough to the babies at home. Children Ways to Protect Yourself ,Your Family, and Children in Your Care: Get Your Booster and Everybody in the family should be immunized against whooping cough to Children protect themselves and the children at home. Parents should ask their FREE doctor about the new Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis) OFFER in Your available for ages 11-64 years. Make Sure Your Children (and those in your care) are Up-to-Date Care from on Their Immunizations Infants and toddlers need four shots against whooping cough (DTaP), and a Whooping booster before starting Kindergarten. Children 11 years of age and older can get the new Tdap booster at the Missoula City-County Health Dept. or Cough! from their health care provider. Cover Your Cough and Wash Your Hands Reduced fee Tdap is Whooping cough is spread by coughing. Remind everyone to cover their available for qualifying mouths when coughing and to wash their hands often. adults at the Missoula City-County Health Department Protect yourself. Protect your family. 301 W Alder Missoula, MT 59802 Protect those in your care. Get Immunized! 258-3500 Have more questions? Talk to your health care provider, call the CDC Prevention Hotline: 1-800-CDC- INFO (1-800-232-4636) or visit the web at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/default.htm.
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