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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Pertussis may lead to complications such as pneumonia, seizures, and in rare instances, death. It is most commonly spread through contact with respiratory droplets- such as coughing and sneezing.
Even though the disease may be milder in older adults, those who are infected can give the disease to others, including those who are immunocompromised or infants who have not had all of their vaccines. The highest rate of serious complications and death occurs in children less than 6 months of age.