Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is preventable through vaccination. Children should be vaccinated against the disease. Parents, family members and caregivers of infants are highly encouraged to have a booster shot.

Riverside County Family Care Clinics

Riverside County Department of Public Health Pertussis Information Page

For more information, please visit the Riverside County Department of Public Health, Disease Control Web site for updates.

The disease starts like the common cold, with runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and maybe mild cough or fever. But after 1-2 weeks, severe coughing begins. Infants and children with the disease cough violently and rapidly, over and over, until the air is gone from their lungs and they’re forced to inhale with a loud “whooping” sound. Hear a Cough


  1. Whooping Cough Flyer – Be Aware. Treat It Early. English | En español
  2. What Schools Need to Know: Frequently Asked Questions. English Only
  3. What Parents Need to Know: Frequently Asked Questions. English | En español
  4. 7th through 12th Grade Immunization Requirement Flyer – November 2010.  English | En español

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