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do i need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yes!: Especially if you're around young children. If you're a healthy middle aged adult with pertussis (whooping cough) you might have a cough for a few weeks, but you'll live. If you pass whooping cough to a newborn.. They can die. Do a google search for "baby with pertussis" and watch some videos. It's scary and sad. Get your tdap (tetanus and pertussis) booster today!

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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
In unvaccinated...: In unvaccinated children, death and brain hemorrhage are likely possibilities (they cough so hard, they can exhaust their breathing muscles or burst a blood vessel in the brain). Even without complications, constant cough for 3 months is a highly unpleasant experience.
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What causes the whooping in whooping cough?

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Dr. Bradley Berg
Specializes in Pediatrics
Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he takes a deep breath very fast. Since his throat is very small, the large amount of air moving very fast through the small airway creates a "whoop".
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A seal barking: The whoop of whooping cough is caused by a rapid rush of air into a flexable baby windpipe. The closest sound in nature is a seal barking, which is produced as they force air out and vibrate their windpipe.
A 20-year-old member asked:

What is whooping cough?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Pertussis: A godawful disease that was once part of almost every childhood. Before antibiotics and immunizations, expect 4-8 weeks of constant coughing, so bad one must "whoop" to get in enough air between coughs. Children choked to death or died of ruptured veins in the brain. It's still very much around, kills youngsters and can affect adults whose immunizations have worn off.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When is whooping cough fatal for 12 year olds?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 38 years experience
Complications: The cdc www.Cdc.Gov as recommended to give booster vaccines for pertussis in young adolescents, again in adulthood, even after the recommended pediatric dosages. Bortadella pertussis bacteria causes whooping cough and is treatable with antibiotics but complications can with other pneumonia dehydration-good supportive care with hydration and breathing medication helpful.

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