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Whooping Cough

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends an adolescent-adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) for everyone 10 years or older who has not yet received it. This is especially important for women of childbearing age, before, during, or immediately after pregnancy; and other people, including household contacts, caregivers, and health care workers, who have contact with pregnant women or infants.

A typical case of pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Fever, if present, is usually mild. The disease is treatable with antibiotics.

The single dose Tdap vaccine is available at Student Health for all registered students. See our Cost of Services page for fees.

No appointment is needed, simply check in at the front desk. See Nurses Clinic hours here.

For more information about whooping cough, visit the web site at or call the HHSA Immunization Branch toll-free at 866-358-2966