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Can I Get Whooping Cough More Than Once
Yes: Like strep throat, the whooping cough is a bacteria and you can get it more than once. Vaccinations we gave before the 90's had so many side effects, we didn't give boosters after 6 and teens/adults were the most often diagnosed group. Today's vaccine is milder and can be given to adults. The natural illness or vaccination produces only transient protection (up to a decade) ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Exposure/no antibody: Many mothers delivering today had their last whooping cough vaccine as a kid and will not have any remaining antibody to pass to their newborn. Recently, OBs have started giving the TdaP to pregnant women to help avoid this. The vaccine is not effective if given before 6 wks, so the newest babies are vulnerable if exposed. This germ can pass from infected people before they realize they are ill. ...Read more
Depends on age: Infants have immune factors from mom from pregnancy but it begins to wain after birth. The infant immune system must be pushed so pertussis vaccine (&others) are usually given @2/4/6mo but can be given as early as 6wks if the disease is in the area. Boosters are given at 12-15m, 4-6yr & again @11-18yr. Pertussis vaccine provides a good but time limited protection. Discuss specific needs with your dr. ...Read more
Time varies: Several things enter in to the time it takes to get a result. There are rapid tests that you can get a result for in a few hours, but they are not the most reliable test. While a positive result is probably true, a negative may not be. The best test is a culture, and that can take a week to 10 days because you have to grow the culture and it needs to get sent to special labs to do this. ...Read more
Time and patience: Once the cough starts from pertussis it is generally too late to affect the course of the disease. However, the antibiotic zithromax is indicated to reduce tramsission of the disease to others. If truly caught in te earliest phase, zithromax can provide a cure and reduce the length of the illness which can otherwise last for 100 days. ...Read more
Whooping cough occurs in three stages- the first causes runny nose and sneezing and people usually don't know they have it- this is the time it is easiest to get a positive result.
Once the cough starts- the second phase, it is more difficult to get the bacteria from a nose sample and so that would lead to an inconclusive result. Doctor's can generally diagnose by just hearing the cough ...Read more
My 10 month Baby is immunised. How effective are they, if he comes in contact with someone with whooping cough is there any risk he will still get it?
80%: 80% effective after 3 doses some would say higher so good chance will be ok. As you can see n this is why need highest population coverage rates possible and vaccinate as close to on time as possible. So good on you as a parent for setting a great example. If you have concerns re your baby having whooping cough presently please seek urgent medical attention. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Waining immunity: Bacteria related vaccines like pertussis (whooping cough)& tetanus will generate immunity that is shorter in duration than some of the viral vaccines like measles.Before ~1992 we rarely gave the pertussis vaccine to anyone over 6 due shot reactions & side effects. Teens & adults were occasionally infected. Today the newer vaccine has less side effects &it is recommended for teens & adults. ...Read more
Yes: The vaccine strongly reduces your risk, but vaccines are rarely 100% effective, so they can fail. ...Read more
Waning immunity: Those vaccinated as kids before the early 90's received the whole cell vaccine that was never given after 5 and many began to lose immunity by their teens. After the mid 90's we began using the synthetic vaccine with less side effects & we were able to give it to pre-teens. However, any vaccinated older adult is likely vulnerable due to waning immunity. ...Read more
Whooping cough: The pertussis vaccine is only ~ 80-85% effective. That is why it is so important that all children be completely immunized. The greater the # of immunized children around each individual greatly decreases the chance of an exposure of an immunized child and hence illness in that child. This is called "herd immunity"., . ...Read more
A good idea: Even prior episodes of whooping cough (wc) do not give you lifelong immunity.Bacterial infections like wc can give a temporary immune boost, but this will wain over time like the vaccine. After several years, your system can be re-infected & spread it to others. While adult episodes are seldom life threatening, they may transfer it to infants that can die of the disease. ...Read more
I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?
TREAT PERTUSSIS: You probably contracted it from an adult coughing in public. 'whooping cough" is an infection caused by the bacteria, bordetella pertussis. We have had several epidemics in idaho and the west coast lately. Thought of as a childhood illness it has 'made a come back' and now infects adults. The treatment is antibiotics. Prevention is the key: everyone over 19 should get a dtap shot! Cough meds help. ...Read more
When I was 8, I had a mild case of whooping cough despite having been vaccinated. Why did I still get it?
Whooping cough: The full potency of the vaccine might have worn off making you susceptible. ...Read more
Whooping cough: If you're actively infected, see your fp for antibiotic treatment. It is now recommended that adults get a pertussis (whooping cough) booster to prevent spreading the disease to children who may not yet be immunized or haven't completed their series of immunizations for this disease. ...Read more
Unlikely but possibl: There is no vaccine that is 100% guarantee you will never get the disease effective. Also, if your body has certain types of immune deficiencies, some vaccines might "not take" for you and you won't build up an immunity for that disease. So while the technical answer to your question is yes, it is very rare to get disease after immunization. However, protection may wear off and you need boosters! ...Read more
It's rare-: But not impossible. The vaccine is 96-99 % effective, but that still means 1 or 2 in 100 may not build up good antibody levels. If there is concern he has pertussis, cultures can be done. If the concern is did he build up immunity, then a blood test can be done to see if he is indeed immune. That test is not cheap, but if significant concern, then is warranted. ...Read more
Odd wording: The material in the TdaP is not alive and cannot give anybody whooping cough. An adult who has not received a whooping cough booster within the past 10 years has the potential to get it if exposed (immunity has weakened).Adults can get a terrible chronic cough (3+months) but are not terribly sick from it. The main worry comes if they pass it to a small infant who can die from it. ...Read more
Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?
Depends on variables: Today's adults who had their shots as kids are rarely protected against whooping cough. This protection weakens in time & allows adults to get the disease and pass it to younger vulnerable infants. Before ~ 1994 whooping cough shots weren't given > age 6 due to major side effects, today we give tdap, a new vacccine with minimal side effects to adults to protect both them and the kids they visit. ...Read more
At least once adult: You should get the tdap (which contains the whooping cough or pertussis "p" vaccine at least once as an adult. We don't know yet if adults ae going to need ongoing boosters every so many years - that research is not complete yet. Ob's and pediatricians are also recommending pregnant moms get reboosters with each pregnancy to protect newborn infant - talk it over with them if you're with child! ...Read more
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My cousin took the whooping cough test through a nose swab, how long does it take to get results?
Depends: There are different answers to this question based on how the test was done but, in general, it will take 7-14 days for the full results but you can get a 'preliminary' result in ~7-10. ...Read more
Not 100%: Vaccines really have been a major improvement in public health but no medicine is 100% effective. When vaccines don't prevent a disease they do usually make it much lighter. We also now know that most vaccines do not last forever. Boosters are often needed later in life. ...Read more
Adult Pertussis: Yes. Absolutely. This is not a permanent vaccination. You need to be re-immunized now that we know there can be serious disease among adults exposed to this infection. ...Read more
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