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Real Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Jill’s Experience with Pertussis

Published November 8, 2023

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a severe infection of the upper respiratory system caused by bacteria. It can be identified by its distinct-sounding cough, known as the 100-day cough, and can cause coughing fits that make it difficult to breathe. While pertussis is highly contagious and can be fatal in babies and older adults, it can be prevented with vaccination. Jill shares her story of her experience with pertussis in hopes of encouraging older adults to get vaccinated. Learn more about vaccination and other vaccine-preventable diseases by visiting