What is whooping cough?

100 Day Cough. Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always. In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days. Most cases are preventable by immunizing. So the vaccine is best.
Pertussis. A godawful disease that was once part of almost every childhood. Before antibiotics and immunizations, expect 4-8 weeks of constant coughing, so bad one must "whoop" to get in enough air between coughs. Children choked to death or died of ruptured veins in the brain. It's still very much around, kills youngsters and can affect adults whose immunizations have worn off.

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What is a whooping cough?

Infection of lungs. Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath. It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air. Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die.

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

A seal barking. The whoop of whooping cough is caused by a rapid rush of air into a flexable baby windpipe. The closest sound in nature is a seal barking, which is produced as they force air out and vibrate their windpipe.
"Paroxysmal": Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name). Then, almost instantly, starting over.

Could a specialist please explain what whooping cough is?

Infection of lungs. Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath. It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air. Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die.

What are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

Little or nothing. I give it in my office all the time to teens. None report any issue beyond their initial pain and soreness. This is dramatically different from the whooping cough vaccine we gave in the 70's and 80's. The old vaccine had more problems as you got older, and we never gave it after age 6 because of side effects.