Each year in the U.S., thousands of people are affected by whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease. Those most at risk include infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated, children who haven't received all doses of the vaccine, and adults whose immunity has faded.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?: It's recommended for infants and children in a series of five DTaP shots. A Tdap booster is advised for preteens at age 11 or 12, pregnant women during each pregnancy, and adults who haven't received it.
Where to Get Vaccinated: Consult your local health department or pediatrician. Many local pharmacies and health centers also offer the pertussis vaccine.
Safety and Precautions: Always consult with your health care provider before getting vaccinated, especially if you have allergies or have had reactions to vaccines in the past.