Researchers have found that infants with pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, usually catch this disease from their parents or adolescent siblings. And pertussis can be fatal to infants. So ask your health-care provider about the adult pertussis vaccine today. Even when babies are immunized against pertussis, they're not fully protected for up to 18 months of age. So the best way to help protect your baby is to protect yourself with a pertussis booster. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the pertussis booster for everyone 11-64 years of age.
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