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Pertussis Vaccine Without Tetanus
Confusing question: There is no pertussis vaccine available in the us as a single antigen vaccine. A significant amount of research has gone into combining the vaccines into combinations that are both safe and effective. Pertussis has been combined with the tetanus, diphtheria for years and others recently. ...Read more
Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines ...Read more
5-10 years: You recieve doses of dtap at 2mo, 4mo, 6mo and then 15mo. Then a booster again at 4 years of age. Then another at age 11. And then every 5-10 years (according to some experts). If fully immunized. ...Read more
Some doctor's offices do not keep in stock all the different kinds of vaccines. Check before making an appointment. Most local health departments have the correct vaccines for different ages.
I do not recommend retail walk in clinics, since they do not have you or your child's complete immunization record. Think of your doctors office as your "medical home". ...Read more
What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?
Ingredients: The acellular pertussis vaccines is now recommended to be given at least once to all adults. There is no recommendation for more than 1 adult booster, but I would not be surprised to see it given for every booster (7-10 yrs) in the future. The other differences are related to the specific type of antigens and quatity in each vaccine. Antigens are the material that triggers your immunity. ...Read more
Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock this. Remember, as an adult, if you need a "tetanus" shot, always ask for the "full version" which would include diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) too. This will aid in protecting or cocooning younger children and babies from these diseases. ...Read more
Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus.
Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines & booster is recommended. ...Read more
No: No you need 5-6 childhood to adulthood. ...Read more
Right to be stupid: Please forgive my frankness. This sounds like a homework paper. Pertussis is a very serious illness that can knock you out of school / work for weeks, or give you brain damage or kill a baby. Some very cynical people have spread untruths about the vaccine risk / benefit ratio. The "social issue" is the right to endanger other children by not having your child immunized. That's the bottom line. ...Read more
I was given a pertussis vaccine in 1996 as a child and had severe psychiatric side effects. What common psychiatric side effects do these shots cause?
Not common: Fortunately, psychiatric side effects from vaccines is rare! ...Read more
Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions. Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine. Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more
My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?
Clarification: Centers for disease control recommends that mothers recieve tdap between 26-37 weeks pregnancy and that all household contacts- parents, siblings, grandparents and babysitters are immunized. Your infant has maximum protection after their booster shot (4th shot in series). It is estimated that household members account for 80% of infant pertussis infections. Flu shots for family members also wise. ...Read more
NOT HARMFUL: No it is not harmfulGet a more detailed answer ›
Should be fine: If a person gets 2 tdap vaccinations in the same year (because she did not have a record of the first shot), she most likely will just get better antibody levels (more protection). Maybe the second shot can lead to more temporary soreness at the shot site in the arm, but many people have little or no soreness at all after shots. ...Read more
Can you tell me, if I am allergic to the pertussis vaccine is it safe to get a meningitis vaccine?
It may not affect at: All, many antibiotics are safe to take when preg so assuming you took a safe one then u should be fine, if u took ones that are not then your OB can discuss possible complications with you. ...Read more
3 days of hacking cough jags w/ sudden severe pain in front left part of my head & getting very light headed Had pertussis vaccine 2 yr ago No Fever?
Depends on type: The answer to this question truly depends on what type of rash you have and where it is located. If you have had an urticarial (hive-like) reaction to the vaccine, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be helpful to clear the rash. If it is contact type of rash located close to the injection site, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also be helpful, as well as cool compresses and a topical hydrocortisone. ...Read more
Not Much: It does not hurt much. It is slight pain due o needle prick ...Read more
R ash after DPT: You don't describe the rash. It is most unusual to get a rash with a DPT shot. It is possible you have an inter current viral illness which lasts for a week to ten days. ...Read more
As infant, my son had reaction to dpt, so was given only dt. Now 28, he is told he can't have tetanus shot bcause it will contain pertussis. True?
Needs evaluation: If he is 28, he would have had a reaction to the old whole cell pertussis vaccine that was in use until the early 90's. It had so many side effects we never gave it after age 6. The present acellular pertussis vaccine has few if any side effects and is given at almost any age. The older dT or T are often not carried by many clinics because the adult TdaP has some benefits & is given in their place ...Read more
Could the tetanus - pertussis shot I got about 4 weeks ago have given me a light case of whooping cough? I have had a horrible cough for about 5 days
No: The vaccine only contains inactivated toxins.Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably now: If you're like most adults, you probably haven't had a pertussis containing vaccine since childhood. Up until six years ago, there wasn't a pertussis containing vaccine in the usa recommended for adults. The cdc recommends that all adults through age 64 get a single pertussis containing vaccine (tdap) (includes tetanus and diphtheria). It's also given to those over 65 in contact with infants. ...Read more
Yes, Yes, Yes!!: There have been about 10-25, 000 cases of pertussis reported each year in adults and teens in the us from 2004 - 2010. Children over age 11 need to get a dose of the combined tetanus/pertussis vaccine. Anyone over age 19 who has never had a dose of the tetanus/pertussis vaccine should get one as soon as possible. For more info: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/recs-summary. Htm. ...Read more
It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more
Variable immunity: The typical immune response is variable to disease in the TB family. As a result one vaccine is not llikely to produce long term protection. In general it is harder to create vaccines that provide long term immunity for bacteria, we have had more success with virus based disease in terms of successful long term vaccines. That's why as adults we need additional boosters for pertussis. ...Read more
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
Why is it recommended to only get the Tdap vaccine once in your lifetime, if it only protects against pertussis for a few years?
Explanation: All adults already immunized in early childhood and teenager age to DtaP and TdaP. P is for pertussis. Usually average time of immunity after vaccination just around 10 years. TdaP now recommended for pregnant women for prevention newborn babies, who is very vulnerable. And boost mother, s immunity to diphtheria. In some country that is important as well. ...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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