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 - as of July 2, 2015:

  • Total number of confirmed, probable, and suspect cases reported: 295

Pertussis in 2014:

  • Total number of cases reported as of Dec. 31, 2014: 1,120
    (Data are preliminary and may change as reports are received.)

Vaccination Recommendations (PDF)
Vaccination recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults with pertussis containing vaccine and for responding to a pertussis outbreak. Updated 11/21/13

Pertussis Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Recommendations (PDF)
Updated recommendations for use of post-exposure prophylaxis. Updated 11/21/13

  • Pertussis Basics
    General information about pertussis, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment, as well as pertussis situation in Minnesota.


Updated Thursday, July 02, 2015 at 01:37PM