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How is whooping cough treated?

Page last updated 12 May 2020

Antibiotics can be used to treat whooping cough in the early stages to help prevent transmission of bacteria to others. People who are not treated early with the right antibiotics can spread the infection in the first 3 weeks of their illness. The cough often continues for many weeks, despite antibiotics.

Sources & Citations

3. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Pertussis (whooping cough). Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/pertussis-whooping-cough (accessed 25 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0136(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020

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