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Coworker may have touched 1 month olds hand? She was asleep and we tried to drive as fast as we could to get home to clean them. Is this an exposure for pertussis or flu? What should we do?

Coworker may have touched 1 month olds hand? She was asleep and we tried to drive as fast as we could to get home to clean them. Is this an exposure for pertussis or flu? What should we do?

Do not worry: Unless the person who touched the baby had flu with fever runny nose etc, touching the baby would not be a a cause for concern. Pertussis is not transmitted by touching.
Get the baby her vaccinations as recommended by your pediatrician
Wish you and your baby good health! ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How do I know if I have pertussis?

How do I know if I have pertussis?

Suspicion/duration: Since most adults have not bothered to get a pertussis booster, they represent a target of opportunity. Pertussis germs can ride into town in an international traveler or someone from the west coast & spread it to you (or your susceptible kids).In adults, it often seems to be a mild cold until you get past the initial phase, then the persistent "hundred days cough" sets in. Dx from test is possible. ...Read more

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What system is affected by pertussis?

What system is affected by pertussis?

Respiratory: Pertussis. I'd whooping cough. Is basically a respirstory tract system illness with prolonged coughing and sometimes other respiratory issues ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the targeted system of pertussis?

Could you tell me what is the targeted system of pertussis?

Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more

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Any support groups for pertussis?

Any support groups for pertussis?

Why?: You don't usually need a support group for an acute infection that you recover from. Support groups are for people with chronic infections. And if everyone got vaccinated, there would be no pertussis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

See below: Pertussis begins with mild respiratory symptoms similar to common cold (catarrhal stage), followed by paroxysmal stage characterized by paroxysmal cough and whoop often followed by vomiting. This stage often lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Severe cough spell and apnea (cessation of breathing) especially in young children can result in rectal prolapse, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and seizure. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced an outbreak of pertussis locally?

Has anyone experienced an outbreak of pertussis locally?

Yes: Yes, in my area we are in the midst of a serious outbreak, mostly in school age kids and adults. Rarely have infants been diagnosed currently. The mix includes underimmunized patients needing booster updates, not immunized at all and occasionally immunized patients where the vaccine apparently did not "take". ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

Antibiotics: A reasonable guideline is to treat persons aged >1 year within 3 weeks of cough onset and infants aged <1 year and pregnant women (especially near term) within 6 weeks of cough onset. The antimicrobial agents of choice for treatment or chemoprophylaxis of pertussis are azithromycin, Clarithromycin and erythromycin. ...Read more

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How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

Whooping cough: This bacteria causes whooping cough and it is very contagious. It is easy to contract from a person who is infected and is coughing and sneezing. ...Read more

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What causes pertussis infections if people are already vaccinated?

What causes pertussis infections if people are already vaccinated?

Waning immunity: Pertussis & most other bacterial vaccines (meningitis, diptheria, tetanus, etc.) give the body a time limited period of benefit. By 6-10 years after the last vaccine, the decrease allows people to develop symptomatic disease & or pass it to others. Since pertussis is more a chronic cough with teens & adults, some may never know they have it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract pertussis even after having vaccination?

Is it possible to contract pertussis even after having vaccination?

Yes: Up until the present pertussis vaccine was released, it was not given after the age of 6 due to the many side effects of the whole cell vaccine. Teens and adults with waining immunity often developed the "100 days cough" as the pertussis is often called. Today the acellular pertussis can be given to teens and adults and cut their risk and prevent the spread in the community. ...Read more

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Diphtheria, tentanus, pertussis immunisations? Where can I get them in us?

Diphtheria, tentanus, pertussis immunisations? Where can I get them in us?

Dr. Or Public Health: Most pediatricians and family physicians offer them in their offices, and you local dept. Of public health will also have them, often at a reduced prices. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: culture of nasal swab shows b. Pertussis?

What is the definition or description of: culture of nasal swab shows b. Pertussis?

Whooping cough: A positive culture means you are infected with the bacteria that causes whooping cough. This infection can kill babies, but in adults may manifest itself as a cold with a prolonged cough. ...Read more

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My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

5 days: Once a baby has been diagnosed with pertussis, the normal treatment is Azithromycin (zithromax). One is considered contagious until one completes the 5-day course. After that your baby will not be contagious, even if he/she is still coughing. The cough can go on for awhile.
Hopefully this was not because of missing vaccinations, which are quite effective at preventing pertussis in children. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Breathing sounds: With severe croup, you may hear stridor, which is an inspiratory sucking or squeaking sound. This is a sign of severe tracheal narrowing and warrants immediate medical attention. With pertussis, there are many coughs in a row (>5) which makes it hard to breath in between. Sometimes there's a whooping sound after the cough attack. For both conditions, the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My husband has pertussis and now he's coughing up a blood and mucus matter. What could this be?

My husband has pertussis and now he's coughing up a blood and mucus matter. What could this be?

Consult your doc: Pertussis, whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease known for violent uncontrollable coughing. Antibiotics can be prescribed, but other supportive treatment might be required based on the general health of the person infected. It would be wise to consult your doctor about this. More info here: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002528/. ...Read more

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Cough is getting worse. Can they test for pertussis now even though she's not coughing very heavily?

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Yes: Specimen obtained from nasopharyngeal swab is often sent to a special lab to culture or to do pcr test. ...Read more

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I've been hearing of cases of young children getting pertussis even if they've been vaccinated. It just happened at sons school. He's 5. Common?

I've been hearing of cases of young children getting pertussis even if they've been vaccinated. It just happened at sons school. He's 5. Common?

Not Common: Pertussis is not common in children who have received 5 doses of dpt vaccines 3 in first year, 1 in 2nd year and 5th at 4to6 years. Those children who have not received full course of the DPT Vaccine are vulnerable to suffer from Pertussis
Now a days a booster is recommended with Tdap a different vaccine at age 11.And then a booster after 10 years as adult ...Read more

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How does one get pertussis?

Pertussis: Is transmitted person to person when the bacteria is spread by coughing or sneezing in close proximity to others. ...Read more

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Where did pertussis come from?

Where did pertussis come from?

Whooping cough: Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes heavy, uncontrollable coughing that sound like barking. It is on the rise, therefore immunization against it is now recommended. Most of us have been immunized against it during our early years of life through the tdap tetanus vaccine and now booster is recommended for unimmunized. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms pertussis?

What are the symptoms pertussis?

Cough: It usually starts with a runny nose and congestion and then it's becomes a long, persistent, annoying cough for adults. In kids or infants it will often come with coughing fits that result in a whoop of inspiration after the coughing fit or sometimes after cough vomiting. Hence the name whooping cough. ...Read more

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Can you get the pertussis injection?

Confusing question: Pertussis vaccine is available at any age beyond 2 months. Adults who will be in the proximity of vulnerable newborns are encouraged to receive the tdap, which contains this in an adult form. ...Read more

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Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Not likely: Pertussis can cause death in children, especially if the child is malnourished, has other respiratory illness or other intercurrent illness. An adult is not likely to die from it. ...Read more

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Should I go to work when I have pertussis?

After....: Currently you may return if you have completed a course of the appropriate antibiotic, usually a macrolide. Some experts believe your are no longer contagious after 3 weeks of illness. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I avoid pertussis in infant?

How can I avoid pertussis in infant?

Vaccinate: You vaccinate the mother during pregnancy or soon thereafter, as well as any adult in routine contact. You also vaccinate the kid as soon as they are old enough. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms that you might be getting pertussis?

What are the signs and symptoms that you might be getting pertussis?

Whooping cough: That is the common name for pertussis. If vcaccinated it is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Should the grandparents of my children be inoculated against pertussis?

Should the grandparents of my children be inoculated against pertussis?

Yes: The latest research demonstrates that approximately 60- 70% of infants with documented whooping cough or pertussis have been infected by contacts with family members. If the grandparents have not been recently vaccinated with the tdap vaccine, they should receive one asap. Remember that pertussis can be deadly in infants. ...Read more

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What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read more