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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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 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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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

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Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Doctor can evaluate: The booster shot (tdap) is recommended for all adults, of all ages, to protect against pertussis. Depending on the individual situation, one's primary care doctor can advise on whether or not antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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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

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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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When was the whooping cough immunization/vaccination introduced to people?

When was the whooping cough immunization/vaccination introduced to people?

EARLY 1930s: First used and was suscessful in controlling the Pertusses epidemic in early 1930sI in 1948 it was combined with diphtheria and tetanus as dpt vaccine which has been given to children even now and the formulation for adults is tdap ...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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Can you please lay out the initial symptoms of whooping cough, otherwise known as pertussis?

3 phases: Phases 1 is like a common cold (7-10 days), phase 2 is the cough that would not stop and may last up to 1-2 months and phase 3 is recovery time. ...Read more

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How come the flu mist not work for people with asthma?

How come the flu mist not work for people with asthma?

Flumist: It works. However, there is a small but serious risk of causing an asthma attack if FluMist (and not flu shot) is given to an asthmatic. ...Read more

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Does every asthmatic children need the flu jab?

Does every asthmatic children need the flu jab?

Certainly yes: Asthmatics are at higher risk to develop severe flu and its complications including death. ...Read more

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For what reason did the epidemic of whooping cough spread more in the vaccinated population?

For what reason did the epidemic of whooping cough spread more in the vaccinated population?

Faulty premis: In the 1990's we averaged 2500 WC cases/yr and no deaths with a vaccination rate that provided great heard immunity.In 2014 we had >40,000 cases, most on the West coast in California & Washington state with ~ 40 deaths, most of which were unimmunized or partially immunized babies <1yr.Vaccination never confirs 100% protection.The anti-vaccine community is responsible for the epidemic. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Not at All: Whooping cough is caused by bv.Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar. ...Read more

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How can people catch the whooping cough?

How can people catch the whooping cough?

Droplet: Exposure to the nasal secretions or cough of an infected person can pass it to you.It is passed with droplet (inhaled particles) or direct inoculation (contaminated fingers to nose or mouth. You incubate it for quite a while before ever having recognized cough.Your source may never have symptoms before they pass it to you. ...Read more

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Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

No: The pneumonia vaccine helps prevent infection due to a bacteria called pneumococcus. Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of the influenza virus which is a different causative organism. Hence the pneumonia vaccine will not protect against swine flu. It is important for anyone with asthma or COPD to remain protected against both pneumococcus and influenza as they can cause significant illness. ...Read more

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Why doesn't the flu mist work for people with asthma?

Why doesn't the flu mist work for people with asthma?

Not recommended: for people with chronic lung disease including asthma, most probably due to its nature "live attenuated" not a killed vaccine, ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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