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.

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