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Can You 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Time: 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
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
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