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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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If you contracted whooping cough during pregnancy, would you affect your unborn baby?

If you contracted whooping cough during pregnancy, would you affect your unborn baby?

When in pregnancy?: There are no real effects on the fetus but if pertussis (whooping cough) occurs close to delivery, there is a potential risk of transmission to the newborn.

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can whooping cough vaccine affect my unborn baby?

Can whooping cough vaccine affect my unborn baby?

In a Positive Way: Other than perhaps transfering some passive immunity, there are no known negative fetal effects.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

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.

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Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

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.

Dr. Cindy Williams Dr. Williams
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What is it like to have whooping cough as a child or adult? Details please?

What is it like to have whooping cough as a child or adult? Details please?

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/

Dr. Gary Kohn Dr. Kohn
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Once a baby had whooping cough are they always contagious if not for how long?

No: Most individuals are no longer contagious after about 3 weeks of onset of symptoms or earlier if treated with appropriate antibiotics.

Dr. Thomas Riney Dr. Riney
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Should I let my child go to a school that has a confirmed case of whooping cough?

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.

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Dr. Patrick Hieber Dr. Hieber
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can a child under 5 years get the whooping cough even though he received his shots as scheduled?

Can a child under 5 years get the whooping cough even though he received his shots as scheduled?

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"., .

Dr. Sarojini Budden Dr. Budden
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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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?

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 t

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Dr. Marianna Post Dr. Post
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

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.

Dr. John Simpson Dr. Simpson
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

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.

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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Should I worry if my baby was exposed to the whooping cough two weeks ago?

Whooping cough: There is little chance that your baby can develop whooping cough if your baby has received the 3 injections of the dtap vaccine by the time s/he is 6 months old. This will be a good time for all children and adults in the household to get their boosters.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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My child has been exposed to whooping cough from his friend. What do I do?

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.

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Dr. Ronda Alexander Dr. Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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If my child under the age of 2 contracts the whooping cough, is he likely to survive?

If my child under the age of 2 contracts the whooping cough, is he likely to survive?

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.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

Can you tell me how to know whether your child has pertussis (whooping cough) or bad cough?

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.

Dr. Ronda Alexander Dr. Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough. Do need antibiotics?

I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough. Do need antibiotics?

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.

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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If someone has whooping cough as a child, is he likely to have respiratory long term effects?

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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