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How is whooping cough treated?

Page last updated 04 July 2022

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

10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis Treatment. Available at: (accessed 28 March 2022).

MAT-AU-2200966  Date of preparation June 2022