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Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection

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Bruised or cracked ribs

Abdominal hernias

Broken blood vessels in the skin or the whites of your eyes

Infants

In infants - especially those under 6 months of age - complications from whooping cough are more severe and may include:

Pneumonia

Slowed or stopped breathing

 

Dehydration or weight loss due to feeding difficulties

Seizures

Brain damage

Because infants and toddlers are at greatest risk of complications from whooping cough, they're more likely to need treatment in a hospital. Complications can be life-threatening for infants younger than 6 months old.

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