“Cocooning” is a big way to help prevent babies from catching whooping cough, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The term “cocooning” means to vaccinate not just babies, parents and siblings but also those who watch or come into close contact with babies.
Four out of five babies who catch whooping cough get it from someone in the household, according to the organization.
The organization is quick to mention that simply cocooning does not necessarily prevent whooping cough, which can be fatal for infants. But the cocooned child will get indirect protection.
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