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    Whooping Cough

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has declared a whooping cough (also known as pertussis) epidemic in California.

    Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants.

    Get Immunized

    Protect yourself and your family from whooping cough

    Vaccinations are the best way to prevent whooping cough. The CDPH recommends everyone be fully immunized against pertussis.

    Talk to your doctor particularly if you are:

    • a woman of childbearing age or pregnant
    • in close contact with infants
    • a health care professional or work in a health care setting
    Talk with your doctor about getting an appropriate vaccine that protects you and your family or if you have questions about vaccinations.

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    Stop the Spread of Germs

    Practice good health habits like washing your hands regularly with soap and water, covering your cough and staying home when sick.

    Sneeze or cough into the bend of your arm or use a tissue.

    Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to keep germs from entering your body.
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