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Cough, cough, cough
12 Apr 2017

At this time of year, when the weather suddenly changes and becomes cold, a lot of people get coughs.

When the weather is cold, some people get asthma.

Some people may get a cough if they have a cold or ‘flu.

But, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people getting pertussis [whooping cough]. This can be very dangerous for babies and young people. It is easy to recognise if you hear someone making whooping sounds when they are coughing and trying to catch their breath.

If you are coughing and ‘whooping’ then this is what you should do:

  • Stay away from others, particularly babies and old people
  • See your doctor
  • Check with your parent or carer to find out if you have had a vaccination against pertussis.

Whooping cough is very contagious - you can get it by coming into contact with someone who has it. You can also infect others if you have it yourself.

Most young people will have been immunised against whooping cough.

Check out our topic on Whooping cough to find out more.