Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a disease of the respiratory tract and is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. The disease is characterized by it's distinct coughing fits and can last for several weeks to months. Whooping cough is especially dangerous for infants but rarely leads to complications in healthy adults.


When and how often should I be vaccinated against whooping cough?

In Switzerland, vaccination against pertussis is given as part of the national vaccination schedule. In addition, a vaccination is recommended during each pregnancy and if you have regular contact with infants under the age of 6 months (e.g. as a childcare provider).

28-75 CHF per dose
plus consultation and injection fee

What else should I know about the whooping cough vaccine?

  • The vaccination against whooping cough belongs to the so-called toxoid vaccines. This means that the vaccination is not targeting the pathogen directly, but against a toxin it produces.

  • For more information, please visit the website of the FOPH.

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