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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 common is pertussis in adults and is the vaccine recommended?

How common is pertussis in adults and is the vaccine recommended?

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

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Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Yes: Pertussis is the cause of whooping cough. There has been an increased incidence of whooping cough in the United States. All adults and teenagers should get a pertussis booster. It is very important if you are around infants. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

Pertussis vaccine: 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

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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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When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

When comparing tuberculosis, pertussis, and pneumonia, why don't we have a good vaccine for tb?

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

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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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Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Ignorance: Some who follow the preaching of the vaccine hating commuity avoid this vacccine. They assume if the other kids get it theirs wont be at risk.Unfortunately that leads to preventable deaths due to pertussis every year. Thirty or so in 2010 were recorded, mostly under age 6m, and unvaccinated.. ...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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