Keeping infants safe from whooping cough

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory illness that can be serious and sometimes fatal. Infants and young children are particularly at risk for serious cases of pertussis. Although vaccines are available for both children and adults, newborn babies can’t receive the vaccine right away and they are more vulnerable to infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a number of strategies for parents to protect their newborns from pertussis. In a recent National Poll on Children’s Health, we asked adults across the country for their opinions about some of these strategies. We also asked adults when they last received the pertussis vaccine.

The results of this Poll will be released early next week. Sign up for our e-mail list to make sure you hear about the report as soon as it’s published.

Update: 6/17/2013

The NPCH Report about pertussis has now been released.