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Doctor insights on: Pertussis Quarantine

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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 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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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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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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Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Can't say: Patients struggling with the worst cases of whooping cough are generally under a year of age and cough so hard they get strokes & brain damage. They are not conversational at that point but I'm sure it's not pleasent. Older kids or adults don't have it so bad, but the "100 days cough" surely wears them out. It is described as a moderate bronchitis in that group. ...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 difference between pertussis and the common cold?

What is the difference between pertussis and the common cold?

Pertussis vs URI: Although the initial symptoms of a common cold and pertussis are very similar, their causes are not. Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection, has three distinct stages, is dangerous in young children, lasts up to weeks and can be prevented with vaccination. Common colds are viral in nature, usually not dangerous, do not respond to antibiotics, and resolve on their own in a few days. ...Read more

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How often can I need a DPT shot to remain immune to pertussis?

How often can I need a DPT shot to remain immune to pertussis?

Tdap at11yrsThen10yr: These days all children who have had 5 doses of DPT Vaccine up to the age4to6.Are advised to get a Tdap Adult vaccine at age 11 and a booster after 10 years, So far only one booster of Tdap is recommended and then DT every 10 years to protect against Diptheria and Teatanus So if you have not had Tdap booster. You should get it as immunity to Pertussis goes down and you are at risk of getting Pertuss ...Read more

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I might have pertussis, been coughing a lot; how do I get checked?

I might have pertussis, been coughing a lot; how do I get checked?

Make some calls: The proper testing can be done in many outpatient settings. Your doctor, a local urgent care clinic, a county health center, or emergency room can get a specimen and send it for PCR testing. Results are usually available within a few days. Depending on exposure history, some are treated before the results are known. ...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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How do you know if you've got real pertussis and not just usual bronchitis?

How do you know if you've got real pertussis and not just usual bronchitis?

Whooping cough: Just listening to a child's cough may differentiate pertussis (whooping cough) from bronchitis. Children often get infected by adults and tend to "whoop" more than them. More commonly, they are indistinguishable especially in adults. The whoop is produced by air hunger between prolonged fits of coughing. A PCR test can be performed to diagnose pertussis. ...Read more

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I have pertussis at the moment. Will I need a booster afterwards? I am 58 & usually in good health

I have pertussis at the moment. Will I need a booster afterwards? I am 58 & usually in good health

Depends: You will develop protective antibodies to re-infection by pertussis during your recovery. These would protect you from re-infection for at least 5 years if not more. After that interval, if you were involved in the care of a newborn baby or young infant, it might be reasonable to have a booster. These infants are at risk and by boosting all the adults around them it keeps them safe. ...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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What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

Take meds/get better: You would likely develop some antibodies that will provide the newborn with some additional protection in the weeks after birth. Pertussis for adults is more an inconvenience than a threat. The fetus would not be affected by the illness or the meds taken to treat it. It would give the mom the "100 days" cough. ...Read more