A highly contagious bacterial infection spread by aerosol droplets eg sneezing or coughing. Thousands of cases of whooping cough occur each year and they can last for months.
Clinical features include:
- Cold like symptoms, runny nose
- Low grade fever
- Respiratory symptoms include rapid coughs followed by a whooping sound
This routine vaccination is usually combined with tetanus and diphtheria and/or polio vaccines and may need to be updated prior to travel.