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Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Yes: Pertussis is the cause of whooping cough. There has been an increased incidence of whooping cough in the United States. All adults and teenagers should get a pertussis booster. It is very important if you are around infants. ...Read more

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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


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What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

Pertussis vaccine: 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

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Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

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

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How common is pertussis in adults and is the vaccine recommended?

How common is pertussis in adults and is the vaccine recommended?

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 more

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What is a pertussis vaccine without a tetanus vaccine with it?

What is a pertussis vaccine without a tetanus vaccine with it?

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

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How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

5-10 years: You recieve doses of dtap at 2mo, 4mo, 6mo and then 15mo. Then a booster again at 4 years of age. Then another at age 11. And then every 5-10 years (according to some experts). If fully immunized. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Other options: 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

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When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

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

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

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

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Why do we use two different strains of bordetella pertussis in the production of its vaccine?

Why do we use two different strains of bordetella pertussis in the production of its vaccine?

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

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Why is it recommended to only get the Tdap vaccine once in your lifetime, if it only protects against pertussis for a few years?

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 more

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If my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

If my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

You mean DTaP Vaccin: Infants are given Pediatric vaccines called dtap 5 doses up to the age of 6 to protect against Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertusses (Whooping Cough)
Tdap is given to older children starting at 11 and adults for the same three diseases ...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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What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

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 more

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What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more