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Can Whooping Cough Effect Your Unborn Baby
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
To avoid death: The newborn will not develop protective antibodies to whooping cough if immunized at birth & maternal antibodies are usually weak. However, it begins to have that ability by 6-8 weeks when the first vaccine is given. Whooping cough fatalities are >60% in infants under 6 months of age. The young can develop progressive respiratory distress & cough hard enough to have a stroke.You shouldn't wait.
To avoid death: Antibodies derived from mom during pregnancy are thought to interfere with a babies ability to make active antibodies before 6-8 weeks when we start most vaccines. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is started at 6-8 wks to start building protection. Pertussis is most deadly to infants. More than 60% of fatalities are under 6 months of age and 80% under a year.
No: Actually babies under 6 mo of age that have not been vaccinated represent the age group most likely to die from the disease. The vaccine was synthesized in the lab and contains no living material. It does stimulate the body to make protective antibodies that can prevent baby from getting whooping cough.See 2 more doctor answers
No: In order to give the infant protection from the vaccine being given to you, it would have to have been given while the baby was inside, in utero. Now, the baby can get immunity through his/her own vaccination only. Of course, you and any caregiver who comes in close contact with baby should have updated vaccine. That is, anyone holding the baby.
Pertussis: The CDC covers this very well. Adults get a much more mild infection. That is why immunization is so very important, for infants. The adult with pertussis may think they only have a cold. New recommendations, also, are for adults to be immunized for pertussis, when they get their tetanus booster. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/pertussis/
No: Most individuals are no longer contagious after about 3 weeks of onset of symptoms or earlier if treated with appropriate antibiotics.
Immunized child: If your child has his immunizations up to date, he should not suffer any ill consequence as he is protected if the exposure is within the expected time of vaccine protection.See 1 more doctor answer
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"., .
I had whooping cough as a child. I have been coughing (barking sound) for the past 3 days, producing green secretions. Do I need to see Dr?
Probably infection: Your whooping cough and current cough have no real relationship Recently there have been many several cases of viral respiratory bronchitis that developed into a secondary bacterial infection causing one to produce greenish yellow secretions. Often adults may not have a fever but the cough does have a barking quality. If you have secreations inform your doctor. You may need to be treated wi tSee 1 more doctor answer
Emergency situation, baby had high suspicion for whooping cough. At least 100 people exposed-what would be the appropriate course of action? Thank you
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.
Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection.See 8 more doctor answers
CHILD EXPOSED PERTUS: If your child had all the baby shots then you don't have to worry, he/she is protected and if he comes with disease it may be mild, but if he has not been immunised then you have to consult your pediatrician if the child start with cough and he/she can start the baby on antibiotics. In usa fortunately majority of babies get immunised in first 18 months against whooping cough.See 1 more doctor answer
Pertussis comeback: Whooping cough is back since adults who were immunized get no/mild disease but, we can pass it on to young ones who have incomplete/no immunity. If you think your 2-yr-old has it, get to the pediatrician/hospital immediately for treatment. It's caused by a bacterium so, you need to get teh antibiotics started as soon as the diseasee is confirmed. Also, do not give kids cough medicine for this.See 1 more doctor answer
You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis.
Depends: How old are you? Were you immunized against pertussis (whooping cough)? How are you feeling? If the answers are: adult, yes, fine...You should be okay but it's also fine to get to your primary care doc for a check-in. The vaccine for pertussis is given as a child and, now, gets repeated as an adult since we have to care for the little ones.
Not usually: If the child who had whooping cough was othewise healthy and had no complications, there will be no after effects.
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