According to WebMD.com "Whooping cough into your nose and throat. It spreads easily but vaccines like Dtap and Tdap can help prevent it on children and adults." Dtap is a vaccine that helps children younger than the age of 7 develop immunity to Whooping Cough. Tdap is a booster immunization given at the age of 11 that offers continued protection.
Causes :Whooping cough is caused by an infection by a bacterium known as Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria attach to the lining of the airways in the upper respiratory system and release toxins that lead to inflammation and swelling.
This is a picture of Pertussis inside the body.
Signs/Symptoms: Cough: can be chronic or severe. Nasal: congestion, runny nose, or sneezing. Whole body: fatigue or fever. Also common: paroxysmal cough, episodes of no breathing, vomiting, or watery eyes. WebMd
(WebMd) at first Whooping cough has the same symptoms as the average cold: Can have Mild Coughing, Sneezing, Runny Nose, Low Fever (Below 102F).You may also diarrhea early on. After about 7-10 days when someone tries to breathe in it makes a whooping sound.
Treatment: Medications,Antibiotics,Dtap vaccine,Supportive care, Monitoring for changes or improvement, Specialists
(Cdc)Early treatment of whooping cough is very important, “The earlier a person, especially an infant, starts treatment the better . If treatment for pertussis is started early in the course of illness, during the first 1 to 2 weeks before coughing paroxysms occur.
Prevention: The best way to prevent whooping cough is with the pertussis vaccine, which doctors often give in combination with vaccines against two other serious diseases.