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Why can't people over 65 get the whooping cough vaccine?

Why can't people over 65 get the whooping cough vaccine?

You can now: Originally the studies done by the drug companies who made the vaccine included people only to age 55, so they didn't recommend the vaccine for older people. Also, many in that age group likely had natural pertussis as a kid so were thought to have better life immunity. We know now that's wrong, and encourage everyone to get the vaccine, especially if you are around your infant grandkids! ...Read more

Dr. EMILIA MATOS
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Pertussis Vaccine (Definition)

Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines ...Read more


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Despite having had the whooping cough vaccine as a child, I still got a mild case of it at age 7. How does this happen?

Despite having had the whooping cough vaccine as a child, I still got a mild case of it at age 7. How does this happen?

How diagnosed?: Immunity to even repeated pertussis vaccine can wane. Admittedly, at age 7 most children that have had a full series of Pertussis vaccine (TDaP or similar) are protected from Pertussis. You were young, but was a Pertussis swab obtained from your nose? Any antibody tests done to check your immunity since then?

I say this because it is impossible to diagnose pertussis accurately without those. ...Read more

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Can the whooping cough vaccine cause seizures ?

Can the whooping cough vaccine cause seizures ?

Yes: It is possible. 1 out of 14000 can have a seizure after receiving the acellular pertussis vaccine. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

1 of 3 components: Tdap is actually a 3 component vacine. The "t" protects you from tetanus (the rusty nail thing). The "d" protects you against diptheria (remember the illness treated by mr gauer in "it's a wonderful life"). The "p" protects you against pertussis - the doctor word for whooping cough. So you get a three in one treat with tdap! ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born?  How long does the vaccine protect you?

Tdap - Pertussis : The tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women at any gestational age. It is safe for pregnant women. It is preferably given from 27-36 weeks but anytime during pregnancy will confer adequate immunity. Immediate postpartum vaccination is recommended for women who miss the vaccine during pregnancy. This is a concerted effort to protect newborns from pertussis by "cocooning" the baby. ...Read more

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How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

Well but:: Studies show: newer vaccine works well but fades over time.
1) kids who get pertussis 89% < likely to have had all 5 series dtap. Get the series
2) but the newer vaccine does not stay protective as long and must be boosted for certain: w/in the 1st years of series immunity 95%. By age 8-10 years it is 70%. In calif in 2010: 3% cases in 4 year olds. 31% cases were in 10 year olds. Stay boosted. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

Very well: The vaccinated child is 27x less likely to develop whooping cough after exposure than those without. The protection is time related, months for infants & years for school age & adults; however, bacterial vaccines are never totally preventive in the face of heavy exposure. Death is most common <4-6m infants & essentially unheard of among the vaccinated.Boosters in adults protect infants. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

75-90% BUT..: They prevent anywhere from 75-90% of the infections. But the length of time that the protection remains varies in each individual from 2-3 years to 10 years.Get your boosters! ...Read more

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How could i make the whooping cough vaccine injection not hurt?

How could i make the whooping cough vaccine injection not hurt?

Try....: Apply an anesthetic cream called Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) to the site 45 minutes prior to the injection. Apply heat afterward. And try to relax the arm. ...Read more

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Is it true that a vaccine for whooping cough should be given this year?

Is it true that a vaccine for whooping cough should be given this year?

Possibly : The whooping cough has jumped in frequency within the us from a baseline of 2500 cases/yr in the 90's to an estimated 15, 000 this year.The tdap is an adult booster that covers whooping cough, tetanus & diphtheria. If you haven't had a booster in years you are susceptible & could develop the "100 days cough" of pertussis or pass it to infants that have high risk of dying with the disease. ...Read more

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I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive ?

I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive ?

Confusing question: An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines.The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. ...Read more

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What are side effects of whooping cough vaccine?

Whooping cough TDAP: This vaccine causes some significant muscle soreness with the shot. But, this should quickly resolve and be normal. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine?

What are some of the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine?

Swelling: Mostly local pain, redness and swelling. Possibly fever. Thanks for taking an active interest in your health and your family's health! ...Read more

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One of my friends has Whooping Cough, 4 girls spent the night in a tent. Will we catch it, even if we all have the vaccine like she did?

One of my friends has Whooping Cough, 4 girls spent the night in a tent. Will we catch it, even if we all have the vaccine like she did?

Pertussis: It all depends on how old you are, when you had your last immunization and when she got the disease in relation to when you were exposed. Usually in a situation like this if she has a positive nasal swab for pertussis or whopping cough, all of her contacts will be advised to be treated with antibiotics by the health department. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

No...: The vaccine is not a live vaccine so you cannot get whooping cough from the killed vaccine. ...Read more

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After a baby is vaccine for whooping cough can they still catch it?

After  a baby is vaccine for whooping cough can they still catch it?

Yes but: The risk of dying from complications of whooping cough drop to near zero in an infant a few weeks after the first dose. After the primary series is completed, it is likely the kid would not be symptomatic enough to be tested.(they might have it) after many years, the risk of dying remains very low but as immunity decreases a kid can become symptomatic with a bronchitis & spread it to others. ...Read more

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Why would the whooping cough vaccine be given only to people under 65 years old?

Confusing question: At least one whooping cough preparation, Boostrix gsk has been studied is elderly patients and found effective in producing protective antibody levels comparable to those in infants. It is also approved for single dose use in anyone >10yr. Whether or not individual physicians use or insurers cover this product is a separate issue. ...Read more

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Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

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

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Should i get the whooping cough vaccine after i got it when i was a child again? I am male 25.

Should i get the whooping cough vaccine after i got it when i was a child again? I am  male 25.

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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What are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

What are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

Little or nothing: I give it in my office all the time to teens. None report any issue beyond their initial pain and soreness. This is dramatically different from the whooping cough vaccine we gave in the 70's and 80's. The old vaccine had more problems as you got older, and we never gave it after age 6 because of side effects. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions.Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine.Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is that good to have reaction like fever after getting the whooping cough vaccine?i got no reaction but my friends does. good to have reaction?

Is that good to have reaction like fever after getting the whooping cough vaccine?i got no reaction but my friends does. 
good to have reaction?

Common : About 10 percent of patients will get fever with whooping cough vaccine. It is neither good nor bad, in terms of how well the vaccine will work! You will both have the same protection! ...Read more

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I am experiencing a bump on arm after whooping cough vaccine?

I am experiencing a bump on arm after whooping cough vaccine?

Very common: It is quite common to develop a slight local reaction, such as a bump on the arm, after pertussis vaccine. Best treatment is a cold compress (wet a washcloth and put it in refrigerator for 5 minutes) and then hold on area involved for 5-10 minutes out of each hour you are awake. Ok to use pain relief meds if you really are uncomfortable, but if just a bump, would not suggest that. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine for the whooping cough?

Included: In the us there is no individual pertussis vaccine. It is given as part of the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis booster or "tdap" (the 'a' in there stands for 'acellular)

sometimes it is confusingly shortened to tetanus booster or pertussis booster but neither nickname is accurate. If you had a tdap you received a booster for all 3 diseases listed above which is very wise. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough?

Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough?

Yes and more:: The tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). All of these are serious, potentially deadly illnesses caused by bacteria.Tdap is recommended as a booster to the dtap vaccine in people ages 11 - 64.Tdap is given to children between ages 11 or 12. Adults:19 to 64 should receive 1 dose of tdap instead of the td vaccine, then have td boosters every 10 years. ...Read more

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Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

If used: The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically,particularly on the west coast.In 2014 there were 40,000 with at least 40 deaths.Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more