Whooping cough is more common in children than in adults. However, even adults may get sick because whooping cough is contagious. The vast majority of children in Sweden are vaccinated against whooping cough. For the most part, whooping cough does not need any treatment, as it goes away independently. For infants, however, whooping cough can be dangerous, and hospital treatment may be appropriate. The symptoms of whooping cough include a prolonged and severe cough. Most often, the symptoms in children are like a common cold where they can get, among other things, fever and sore throat.
Whooping cough is a drip infection and is passed on with the cough that passes through the airways. When the disease has been going on for about a week with intense coughing, sticky mucus arises, which causes difficulty in breathing. At that stage, a beeping sound can be heard when inhaling. It is called peeking and is the basis of the name of the disease. The bacterium that causes the condition attaches to various tissues in the airways and spreads.
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When is the right time to get the vaccination?
Vaccination against whooping cough is included in Sweden's general vaccination program. From 1996, vaccination is offered for all infants when they are 3.5 and 12 months old, and at 5-6 years of age and 14-16 years of age, a supplemental dose is added (applies to children born from 2002).
Does the whooping cough vaccine have any side effects?
In 1996, a new vaccine was introduced, acellular (cell-free), which means that the vaccine reduces side effects. Despite this, there may be short-term and mild side effects such as redness, itching, soreness and swelling around the injection site. There may also be side effects such as nausea, malaise, headache and fever after vaccination.