What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough can be very serious for babies and children – especially those under 1 year old. If babies catch whooping cough, they:
In babies whooping cough is very serious and may require hospitalisation.
What is the treatment?
Whooping cough is normally treated with antibiotics at home. The antibiotics will stop you being infectious after 5 days of taking them. Try to keep away from other people during this time – keep your child home from school or preschool. However, without antibiotics, you may still be infectious until 3 weeks after your intense bouts of coughing start. Young babies (less than 1 year old) with whooping cough may need hospital treatment to avoid developing complications.
Immunisation is your choice. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or practice nurse or call the Immunisation Advisory Centre free helpline 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863).
Source: Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora