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Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Pertussis causes violent coughing which can make it hard to breath. Pertussis affects babies and young children most commonly and most severely. Many suffer the intense fits of coughing that may end with a “whoop.” From 2003 to 2015, young children under age 10 accounted for 51% of pertussis cases in Oregon, and five infants have died.
The best way to protect against pertussis is to get vaccinated.
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