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Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

  • Kids should be vaccinated at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-18 months, 4-6 years and 11 years.
  • Unvaccinated adults should be vaccinated.
  • Pregnant people should be vaccinated during each pregnancy (at 27-36 weeks gestation). Vaccine given during pregnancy protects the baby until they can be vaccinated at 2 months. This is very important because most babies who die of pertussis are only a few weeks old.
  • People who care for babies under 1 year old (like childcare providers or grandparents) should be vaccinated.