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Is There A Pertussis Only Vaccine
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
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 & booster is recommended. ...Read more
Ignorance: Some who follow the preaching of the vaccine hating commuity avoid this vacccine. They assume if the other kids get it theirs won't be at risk. Unfortunately that leads to preventable deaths due to pertussis every year. Thirty or so in 2010 were recorded, mostly under age 6m, and unvaccinated.. ...Read more
Yes, Yes, Yes!!: There have been about 10-25, 000 cases of pertussis reported each year in adults and teens in the us from 2004 - 2010. Children over age 11 need to get a dose of the combined tetanus/pertussis vaccine. Anyone over age 19 who has never had a dose of the tetanus/pertussis vaccine should get one as soon as possible. For more info: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/recs-summary. Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: There is no pertussis vaccine available in the us as a single antigen vaccine. A significant amount of research has gone into combining the vaccines into combinations that are both safe and effective. Pertussis has been combined with the tetanus, diphtheria for years and others recently. ...Read more
Some doctor's offices do not keep in stock all the different kinds of vaccines. Check before making an appointment. Most local health departments have the correct vaccines for different ages.
I do not recommend retail walk in clinics, since they do not have you or your child's complete immunization record. Think of your doctors office as your "medical home". ...Read more
Variable immunity: The typical immune response is variable to disease in the TB family. As a result one vaccine is not llikely to produce long term protection. In general it is harder to create vaccines that provide long term immunity for bacteria, we have had more success with virus based disease in terms of successful long term vaccines. That's why as adults we need additional boosters for pertussis. ...Read more
Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock this. Remember, as an adult, if you need a "tetanus" shot, always ask for the "full version" which would include diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) too. This will aid in protecting or cocooning younger children and babies from these diseases. ...Read more
Not sure that is tru: The current vaccine (acellular) is produced by purifying a number of toxins from b. Pertussis and detoxifying them. ...Read more
Why is it recommended to only get the Tdap vaccine once in your lifetime, if it only protects against pertussis for a few years?
Explanation: All adults already immunized in early childhood and teenager age to DtaP and TdaP. P is for pertussis. Usually average time of immunity after vaccination just around 10 years. TdaP now recommended for pregnant women for prevention newborn babies, who is very vulnerable. And boost mother, s immunity to diphtheria. In some country that is important as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was given a pertussis vaccine in 1996 as a child and had severe psychiatric side effects. What common psychiatric side effects do these shots cause?
Not common: Fortunately, psychiatric side effects from vaccines is rare! ...Read more
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
Depends: The shot helps build immunity but has its limitations. If faced with a heavy exposure anyone can get pertussis at any age. Their intensity of symptoms would vary. The kids risk of dying with it is eliminated with a single dose, but the best protection requires the complete series and boosters as scheduled. Even immunized folks can become carriers in an epidemic. Get them all and you have done enough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?
Ingredients: The acellular pertussis vaccines is now recommended to be given at least once to all adults. There is no recommendation for more than 1 adult booster, but I would not be surprised to see it given for every booster (7-10 yrs) in the future. The other differences are related to the specific type of antigens and quatity in each vaccine. Antigens are the material that triggers your immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?
Clarification: Centers for disease control recommends that mothers recieve tdap between 26-37 weeks pregnancy and that all household contacts- parents, siblings, grandparents and babysitters are immunized. Your infant has maximum protection after their booster shot (4th shot in series). It is estimated that household members account for 80% of infant pertussis infections. Flu shots for family members also wise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on type: The answer to this question truly depends on what type of rash you have and where it is located. If you have had an urticarial (hive-like) reaction to the vaccine, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be helpful to clear the rash. If it is contact type of rash located close to the injection site, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also be helpful, as well as cool compresses and a topical hydrocortisone. ...Read more