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Doctor insights on: Pertussis Exposure To Pertussis Within 1 2 Weeks

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Could you tell me what happens if you receive two vaccinations that have pertussis within a one year period?

Could you tell me what happens if you receive two vaccinations that have pertussis within a one year period?

Boost your immunity: If you get an extra adult tdap (pertussis vaccine combined with tetanus and diphteria) you might have a little more pain at the injection site. If you have never gotten the vaccine before you are boosting your immune system. ...Read more

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How does one get pertussis ?

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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A DPT shot about 9 years ago. If there is an epidemic of pertussis, am i still covered or should I seek another one?

Not Clear: There is not clear evidence for your age, but current recommendation is that you should have received at least 1 pertussis booster in your teen years or later.I believe that a booster would not hurt. ...Read more

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I received a DPT shot about 9 years ago. With the current epidemic of pertussis in ca, willl i be covered or should I seek another one?

Relative need: As an adult your risks with pertussis are minimal except that the infection can produce a nasty bronchitis & chronic cough for 3+ months & you could pass it on to a small infant. Use of the tdap every 10 years is considered enough for prevention. ...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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What is pertussis?

What is pertussis?

Whooping Cough: The medical term for whooping cough. An infection that is defined by a unique cough that may sound like a "whoop". It starts as a simple cold like illness progressing over 2-3 weeks to a serious painful cough, with emesis and trouble catching breath.Lasts 100days or so despite any therapy.Can be deadly in infants and toddlers.Preventable by immunizations. ...Read more

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What is pertussis ?

What is pertussis
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Whooping cough: It's another name for whooping cough, a serious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract caused by bordatella pertussis. I'm afraid it's making a comeback because of misguided parents who don't vaccinate their children. ...Read more

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Where did pertussis come from ?

Where did pertussis come from
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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