Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a disease caused by a bacteria that affects the lungs. Pertussis is spread through the air in droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. The best way to prevent pertussis is for all children to be fully vaccinated on time, for adolescents and adults to get a booster shot, and for women to be vaccinated during each pregnancy.

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Pertussis in Minnesota

Pertussis in 2015 (as of Oct. 21, 2015):

  • Total number of confirmed, probable, and suspect cases reported: 474

Pertussis in 2014:

  • Total number of cases reported as of Dec. 31, 2014: 949
  • Pertussis Basics
    General information about pertussis, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment, as well as pertussis situation in Minnesota.


Updated Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 01:53PM