Whooping Cough

The 5 Question True/False Challenge - Whooping Cough

Test your knowledge of whooping cough by deciding whether each statement is true or false.

Question 1 of 5

Whooping cough can be serious in adults, causing severe coughing fits that can last up to 3 months.

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Whooping cough can make adults very sick. Adults with whooping cough can have coughing fits that last for months, may suffer rib fractures, pneumonia, vomiting, and more. Some adults may need to go into the hospital because they are so sick from whooping cough.

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Whooping cough can make adults very sick. Adults with whooping cough can have coughing fits that last for months, may suffer rib fractures, pneumonia, vomiting, and more. Some adults may need to go into the hospital because they are so sick from whooping cough.

Question 2 of 5

Adults may not be able to recognize that they have whooping cough from the disease's initial symptoms.

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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 can begin. People with whooping cough are most contagious when they are experiencing cold-like symptoms and may be unaware that they have the disease. They will generally continue to be contagious for the first 2 weeks after the coughing starts.

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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 can begin. People with whooping cough are most contagious when they are experiencing cold-like symptoms and may be unaware that they have the disease. They will generally continue to be contagious for the first 2 weeks after the coughing starts.

Question 3 of 5

The immunity provided by childhood DTaP vaccination fades over time.

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Beginning as infants and ending at age 4-6 years, children receive a series of DTaP vaccines to help protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis). But immunity from whooping cough fades over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a single dose of Tdap vaccine for people ages 11 years and older who have not previously received Tdap. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if vaccination is right for you.

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Beginning as infants and ending at age 4-6 years, children receive a series of DTaP vaccines to help protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis). But immunity from whooping cough fades over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a single dose of Tdap vaccine for people ages 11 years and older who have not previously received Tdap. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if vaccination is right for you. And, if you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy.

Question 4 of 5

The "whoop" sound of the cough may be absent in children, adolescents, and adults who were previously vaccinated, and in infants the cough may be minimal or absent.

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You don't have to have the "whoop" to have whooping cough. The illness can be milder (less severe) and the typical "whoop" may be absent in children, adolescents, and adults who were previously vaccinated. In infants, the cough may be minimal or absent, and apnea, in which breathing pauses, may be the only symptom.

Hear what the “whoop” can sound like*

*Whooping cough audio courtesy of Dr. Doug Jenkinson.

http://www.whoopingcough.net

Nice try, but that statement is actually true.

You don't have to have the "whoop" to have whooping cough. The illness can be milder (less severe) and the typical "whoop" may be absent in children, adolescents, and adults who were previously vaccinated. In infants, the cough may be minimal or absent, and apnea, in which breathing pauses, may be the only symptom.

Hear what the “whoop” can sound like*


*Whooping cough audio courtesy of Dr. Doug Jenkinson.

http://www.whoopingcough.net

Question 5 of 5

About half of babies under age 12 months with whooping cough need to be hospitalized for treatment.

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About half of babies under age 12 months who have whooping cough need to be hospitalized. Infants are too young to be fully vaccinated against whooping cough. Often, infants get whooping cough when they are infected by germs spread by their parents, older siblings, or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

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About half of babies under age 12 months who have whooping cough need to be hospitalized. Infants are too young to be fully vaccinated against whooping cough. Often, infants get whooping cough when they are infected by germs spread by their parents, older siblings, or other caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.

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