Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

(HealthDay News) -- Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that causes about half its victims aged 1 or younger to end up in the hospital, the agency says.

The CDC offers these suggestions to help protect your baby:

  • Vaccinate - Women pass protection to their babies when they get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy.
  • Family members and caregivers also offer some protection by getting vaccinated.
  • Babies should get vaccinated, beginning when they are 2 months old.

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