12 December 2019
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.