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A 36-year-old member asked:

what are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Little or nothing: I give it in my office all the time to teens. None report any issue beyond their initial pain and soreness. This is dramatically different from the whooping cough vaccine we gave in the 70's and 80's. The old vaccine had more problems as you got older, and we never gave it after age 6 because of side effects.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why can't people over 65 get the whooping cough vaccine?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
You can now: Originally the studies done by the drug companies who made the vaccine included people only to age 55, so they didn't recommend the vaccine for older people. Also, many in that age group likely had natural pertussis as a kid so were thought to have better life immunity. We know now that's wrong, and encourage everyone to get the vaccine, especially if you are around your infant grandkids!
NJ
A 50-year-old female asked:

What are side effects of whooping cough vaccine?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Whooping cough TDAP: This vaccine causes some significant muscle soreness with the shot. But, this should quickly resolve and be normal.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Why would the whooping cough vaccine be given only to people under 65 years old?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: At least one whooping cough preparation, Boostrix gsk has been studied is elderly patients and found effective in producing protective antibody levels comparable to those in infants. It is also approved for single dose use in anyone &gt;10yr. Whether or not individual physicians use or insurers cover this product is a separate issue.
Fort Pierce, FL
A 34-year-old male asked:

Can the whooping cough vaccine cause seizures ?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: It is possible. 1 out of 14000 can have a seizure after receiving the acellular pertussis vaccine.

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