(HealthDay News) -- Whooping cough, medically called pertussis,
is a serious infection that can cause episodes of extreme coughing.
In some cases, it can lead to serious complications, including
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says these
adults should be vaccinated for whooping cough:
Any adult who has never received a Tdap vaccine (a combination
of vaccines against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria).
Adults who will have close contact with infants aged 12 months
People who work in the health care industry and have contact
Women who have just delivered a baby, and whose last Tdap
vaccine was between two and 10 years ago.
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