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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pertussis

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through an appointment with your doctor. Questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Could my child's cough be pertussis, or “whooping cough”?
  • If pertussis/whooping cough, is suspected, how much longer will the cough last?
  • What treatments are recommended?
  • Can I do anything for the cough? What are the symptoms or changes in symptoms I should notify the doctor of?
  • When should I take my child to the emergency room?
  • Am I/Is my child still contagious? If so, when will I/my child no longer be contagious?
  • What precautions should household members or other contacts take?

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: October 23, 2020

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