A 39-year-old member asked:
how well do the whooping cough vaccine work?
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Very well: The vaccinated child is 27x less likely to develop whooping cough after exposure than those without. The protection is time related, months for infants & years for school age & adults; however, bacterial vaccines are never totally preventive in the face of heavy exposure. Death is most common <4-6m infants & essentially unheard of among the vaccinated.Boosters in adults protect infants.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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