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Doctor insights on: Pertussis Recurrence

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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous.This provides ample nutrition for whooping cough & a multitude of other germs. ...Read more

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What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

TDAP: Adults have been given an additional component to the original tetanus vaccine for many years now. So it now includes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis components in the vaccine. It is given as a one time booster vaccine when you are due for a tetanus vaccine, but also given after pregnancy or when you are caring for a newborn to protect them from pertussis. ...Read more

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Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Yes, : Yes, there is a pneumonia vaccine available. It is recommended for all children under five years old, with the first dose available at six weeks. There are four doses in the series, and children with certain health conditions including cochlear implants get another dose between ages two and six. From age seven to 18, the extra dose is given five years after last dose to children with functional or anatomic asplenia (no spleen) or some immune system conditions. For adults, a single dose vaccine is recommended at 65 years old. Prior to that, a one- or two-dose series is recommended for some people based on lifestyle, health conditions, other risk factors. According to the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov), in 2007 pneumonia and influenza were the #8 most common cause of death in this country, with 52, 000 deaths attributed to these two conditions. Influenza is less likely to lead to pneumonia and death when a patient is vaccinated; this is a good. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...Read more

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Should kids as young be vaccinated with the pneumovax vaccine against pneumonia?

Should kids as young  be vaccinated with the pneumovax vaccine against pneumonia?

Not a Pneumonia vac: You may be laboring under the impression that this stops pneumonia. It helps build antibodies to some strains of pneumococcus but there are dozens of different causes of pneumonia this has no effect on.The prevnar vaccine targets more strains kids have a variety of infections from. A few who have a scheduled removal of their spleen would get it as kids. Otherwise its more an adult vaccine. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine for the whooping cough?

Is the tdap vaccine for the whooping cough?

Included: In the us there is no individual pertussis vaccine. It is given as part of the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis booster or "tdap" (the 'a' in there stands for 'acellular) sometimes it is confusingly shortened to tetanus booster or pertussis booster but neither nickname is accurate. If you had a tdap you received a booster for all 3 diseases listed above which is very wise. ...Read more

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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

1 of 3 components: Tdap is actually a 3 component vacine. The "t" protects you from tetanus (the rusty nail thing). The "d" protects you against diptheria (remember the illness treated by mr gauer in "it's a wonderful life"). The "p" protects you against pertussis - the doctor word for whooping cough. So you get a three in one treat with tdap! ...Read more

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Is boostrix effective immunity against tetnus if more than ten years have lapsed since the 4 doses of early childhood triple antigen vacinations.

Is boostrix effective immunity against tetnus if more than ten years have lapsed since the 4 doses of early childhood triple antigen vacinations.

Tetanus booster: Boostrix is an appropriate vaccine to administer one time after the primary pediatric series is complete. It is reported to be Category C for administration during pregnancy, but can be administered to pregnant women after 20 weeks. ...Read more

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Could tdap be used to confer immunity to pertussis in someone who never had a previous pertussis vaccination?

Could tdap be used to confer immunity to pertussis in someone who never had a previous pertussis vaccination?

Tdap guideline: Persons age 11 years or older who have not received Tdap vaccine or for whom vaccine status is unknown should receive a dose of Tdap followed by tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) booster doses every 10 years thereafter. Adults with an unknown or incomplete history of completing a 3-dose primary vaccination series with Td-containing vaccines should begin or complete a primary vaccination series i ...Read more

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I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccination against bacterial pneumonia?

Is there a vaccination against bacterial pneumonia?

Yes: The pneumococcal vaccines protect against bacterial pneumonia caused by the strep. Pneumoniae bacteria. The vaccine does not prevent pneumonias caused by other bacteria, viruses, or other germs. ...Read more

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Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?

Not likely: If you have been definitively exposed to Hep B then will need HBIG/hep B immune globulin as well as the hep B vaccine. The immune globulin will act like a sponge and soak up any hep B virus present currently in your body. The hep B vaccine then stimulates your body to produce antibodies, which will then attach to and disable the viral particles. This process takes 2-4 weeks to make antibodies. ...Read more

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Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Immune to rubella, measles, mumps if you've had vaccines 2x before age six?

Mostly: Although vaccines are safe and effective, there is an occasional peron whose immune system does not respond well to the recommended series. Thus they are not immune. If needed, blood tests can measure this. Still worth immunizing to maximize protection. ...Read more

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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...Read more

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How successful is the tdap vaccine for preventing diphtheria?

Very successful: This is a vaccine that most people should get at 11-12 years old and than every 10 years. It also prevents whooping cough. ...Read more

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Immunisation period of full course of anti rabies vaccine if exposure again?

Immunisation period of full course of anti rabies vaccine if exposure again?

Varies: Most consider a full rabies series protective for at least 2 years. Those involved in high risk occupations are encouraged to have a blood test done to verify protective levels at that point and get a booster if the level has declined. ...Read more