Whooping cough is a contagious illness caused by a bacteria that prompts uncontrollable coughing fits, Dr. Felice Adler-Shohet, director of director of outpatient services for the division of infectious diseases at CHOC, tells “American Health Journal.”
Also known as pertussis, whooping cough gets its nickname because when those infected gasp for air after coughing, they emit a “whooping” noise, says Dr. Adler-Shohet. Pertussis is the only infectious disease for which Americans routinely vaccinate their children, she adds.
Learn more about symptoms and treatment of whooping cough in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.
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Felice Adler-Shohet, M.D., received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. She completed her internship and residency training at the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. Dr. Adler-Shohet completed her fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach and UC Irvine School of Medicine.
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