Whooping Cough in Adults: Statistics and Associated Problems
Complications resulting from whooping cough do not occur as frequently in adults as they do in children. Adults with whooping cough may develop complications such as:
About 3 percent of adults with the infection are hospitalized because of whooping cough complications.
Whooping cough in adults has been increasing over the past several years. In 2004, approximately 27 percent of whooping cough cases occurred in people 19 years of age or older. The true number of cases among adults 19 to 64 years of age is likely much higher, estimated at 600,000 annually.
Increased recognition and diagnosis of whooping cough in adults probably contributed to this increase in reported cases.