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Kennel Cough Vaccine
Maybe: What vaccine and when did you get it? ...Read more
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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Pertussis: They make a separate vaccine, but you might have to look around, or have it special ordered by your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: There is no question that they are effective, but not 100% of the time. Also they require boosters periodically. The frequency of the disease is clearly less when the population is immunized properly. ...Read more
My infant boy has picked up an ugly cough. How can I treat it?
He's 23w (19 corrected) 2nd vaccines done 2 days ago. No fever or vomitting
Treatment varies: There are no cold and cough treatments for infants. All of the over the counter medications have no effect and can be harmful to your baby. First have your baby examined at his Doctor to make sure that he does not have any signs of infection. If symptoms are viral then normal saline for the nose and humidified air can be helpful. If you are breastfeeding that is the best medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should be fine: The function and efficiency of the injected flu vaccine will be unaltered if you have a cough.It should also not aggravate that illness. I would not get the living/nasal flu vaccine during any condition where your upper airway or lungs were compromised as with cough, congestion bronchitis or asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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