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A 18-year-old male asked:

what's "the 100 day throat virus" loads of people saying they have it! and doctors are calling it that?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
100-day cough?: Haven't heard of a 100-day throat virus. The 100-day cough is the whooping cough (pertussis), which is caused by a bacteria, not a virus. Patients continue to cough after the bacteria is gone, and coughing can go on for 3 months, which is about 100 days. The whooping cough is fatal in some young babies, so all persons need to be vaccinated. It is a preventable disease, with dtap or tdap vaccines.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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