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How To Get Rid Of Whooping Cough
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
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
Best way to rid of a chronic "viral" cough that has lasted for 9 weeks? I have been to two doctors who cleared me for whooping cough and any infection
Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.
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
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
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
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
UH BOY...: There is a reason why they used to call this disease the "100 day cough". In my experience, it takes several weeks(2-4), sometimes longer. This is true despite all we do to try and make your infection go away. I've had patients who have fractured ribs from whooping cough... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 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"., . ...Read more
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