A 27-year-old female asked:
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my son is 13 months, he has had his flu and dtap vaccine...is it still possible for him to have what sounds like whooping cough or is it croup?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Both possible: The vaccine provides good but not total protection from pertussis.If you are in an area where it has been found in the day care centers it is worth testing.The vaccine protects your kid from a severe case.The wc produces a continuous cough like a machine gun followed by a deep whoop (late in the illness).Croup seldom has more than 1-3 coughs before sounding like a seal bark. See your doc for eval.
Answered on Nov 6, 2013
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