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Whooping cough

Whooping cough (Pertussis, ‘kinkhoest’ in Dutch) is a disease of the throat, nose and lungs.

  • It is caused by bacteria.
  • Symptoms include a cold and frequent coughing with heavy coughing fits.
  • Whooping cough passes after 2 to 4 months.
  • Most children are vaccinated against whooping cough.
  • Pregnant women can also get vaccinated. This protects a baby immediately from birth.
  • Does someone in your family have whooping cough and do you also have a young baby? Or are you pregnant? Call your doctor. Medication may be required.

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