Risk Factors for Whooping Cough


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About risk factors: Risk factors for Whooping Cough are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Whooping Cough makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Whooping Cough. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Whooping Cough. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Whooping Cough in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those who have not completed the primary vaccination series are at highest risk for severe illness. Like measles, pertussis is highly contagious with up to 90% of susceptible household contacts developing clinical disease following exposure to an index case. Adolescents and adults become susceptible when immunity wanes.1

Risks factors for Whooping Cough: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Whooping Cough:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Pertussis: DBMD

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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