Skip to main content
Email Subscription

To sign up for email updates from Macomb County or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your email address. If you would like to subscribe for text alerts please select Text Updates in the drop-down menu.

Health Department
Health and Community Services
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5235

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis Fact Sheet - printable sheet


Pertussis is a respiratory illness that starts out very similar to the common cold (runny nose, sneezing, coughing) but progresses to include severe coughing.  Infants and young children cough so forcefully, they are forced to inhale with a "whooping sound."  The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated and to get infants and young children vaccinated on time.  Adults and teens need a booster, especially if they are around infants and young children. Over the last several years, there has been a spike in pertussis cases, and infants and young children are most likely to be hospitalized with complications from pertussis.  For more information on pertussis, visit the links listed below.