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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Whooping Cough Vaccine In Adults

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What are side effects of whooping cough vaccine?

Whooping cough TDAP: This vaccine causes some significant muscle soreness with the shot. But, this should quickly resolve and be normal. ...Read more

Dr. EMILIA MATOS
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Pertussis Vaccine (Definition)

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


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What are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

What are the whooping cough vaccine side effects on someone who is 15 or older?

Little or nothing: I give it in my office all the time to teens. None report any issue beyond their initial pain and soreness. This is dramatically different from the whooping cough vaccine we gave in the 70's and 80's. The old vaccine had more problems as you got older, and we never gave it after age 6 because of side effects. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine?

What are some of the side effects of the whooping cough vaccine?

Swelling: Mostly local pain, redness and swelling. Possibly fever. Thanks for taking an active interest in your health and your family's health! ...Read more

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Why can't people over 65 get the whooping cough vaccine?

Why can't people over 65 get the whooping cough vaccine?

You can now: Originally the studies done by the drug companies who made the vaccine included people only to age 55, so they didn't recommend the vaccine for older people. Also, many in that age group likely had natural pertussis as a kid so were thought to have better life immunity. We know now that's wrong, and encourage everyone to get the vaccine, especially if you are around your infant grandkids! ...Read more

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Despite having had the whooping cough vaccine as a child, I still got a mild case of it at age 7. How does this happen?

Despite having had the whooping cough vaccine as a child, I still got a mild case of it at age 7. How does this happen?

How diagnosed?: Immunity to even repeated pertussis vaccine can wane. Admittedly, at age 7 most children that have had a full series of Pertussis vaccine (TDaP or similar) are protected from Pertussis. You were young, but was a Pertussis swab obtained from your nose? Any antibody tests done to check your immunity since then?

I say this because it is impossible to diagnose pertussis accurately without those. ...Read more

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Can the whooping cough vaccine cause seizures?

Can the whooping cough vaccine cause seizures?

Yes: It is possible. 1 out of 14000 can have a seizure after receiving the acellular pertussis vaccine. ...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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I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

Confusing question: An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines. The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. ...Read more

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Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Depends on variables: Today's adults who had their shots as kids are rarely protected against whooping cough. This protection weakens in time & allows adults to get the disease and pass it to younger vulnerable infants. Before ~ 1994 whooping cough shots weren't given > age 6 due to major side effects, today we give tdap, a new vacccine with minimal side effects to adults to protect both them and the kids they visit. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Yes.: Yes. Immunity wanes after a few years so you need a booster every 8-10 years.
You may just have a viral bronchitis but if cough persists you should see your doctor for an evaluation. You should also get a pertussis booster (tdap). ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

Tdap - Pertussis: The tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women at any gestational age. It is safe for pregnant women. It is preferably given from 27-36 weeks but anytime during pregnancy will confer adequate immunity. Immediate postpartum vaccination is recommended for women who miss the vaccine during pregnancy. This is a concerted effort to protect newborns from pertussis by "cocooning" the baby. ...Read more

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How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

Well but:: Studies show: newer vaccine works well but fades over time.
1) kids who get pertussis 89% < likely to have had all 5 series dtap. Get the series
2) but the newer vaccine does not stay protective as long and must be boosted for certain: w/in the 1st years of series immunity 95%. By age 8-10 years it is 70%. In calif in 2010: 3% cases in 4 year olds. 31% cases were in 10 year olds. Stay boosted. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

Very well: The vaccinated child is 27x less likely to develop whooping cough after exposure than those without. The protection is time related, months for infants & years for school age & adults; however, bacterial vaccines are never totally preventive in the face of heavy exposure. Death is most common <4-6m infants & essentially unheard of among the vaccinated. Boosters in adults protect infants. ...Read more

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How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

How well do the whooping cough vaccines work in preventing whooping cough?

75-90% BUT..: They prevent anywhere from 75-90% of the infections. But the length of time that the protection remains varies in each individual from 2-3 years to 10 years. Get your boosters! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

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

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Is that good to have reaction like fever after getting the whooping cough vaccine? I got no reaction but my friends does. Good to have reaction?

Is that good to have reaction like fever after getting the whooping cough vaccine? I got no reaction but my friends does. Good to have reaction?

Common: About 10 percent of patients will get fever with whooping cough vaccine. It is neither good nor bad, in terms of how well the vaccine will work! You will both have the same protection! ...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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Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

If used: The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically, particularly on the west coast. In 2014 there were 40, 000 with at least 40 deaths. Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. ...Read more

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How could I make the whooping cough vaccine injection not hurt?

How could I make the whooping cough vaccine injection not hurt?

Try....: Apply an anesthetic cream called Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) to the site 45 minutes prior to the injection. Apply heat afterward. And try to relax the arm. ...Read more

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Is it true that a vaccine for whooping cough should be given this year?

Is it true that a vaccine for whooping cough should be given this year?

Possibly: The whooping cough has jumped in frequency within the us from a baseline of 2500 cases/yr in the 90's to an estimated 15, 000 this year. The tdap is an adult booster that covers whooping cough, tetanus & diphtheria. If you haven't had a booster in years you are susceptible & could develop the "100 days cough" of pertussis or pass it to infants that have high risk of dying with the disease. ...Read more

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Can whooping cough vaccine affect my unborn baby?

In a Positive Way: Other than perhaps transfering some passive immunity, there are no known negative fetal effects. ...Read more

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One of my friends has Whooping Cough, 4 girls spent the night in a tent. Will we catch it, even if we all have the vaccine like she did?

One of my friends has Whooping Cough, 4 girls spent the night in a tent. Will we catch it, even if we all have the vaccine like she did?

Pertussis: It all depends on how old you are, when you had your last immunization and when she got the disease in relation to when you were exposed. Usually in a situation like this if she has a positive nasal swab for pertussis or whopping cough, all of her contacts will be advised to be treated with antibiotics by the health department. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Yes and no: I usually give the final whooping cough booster at 11 or 12, but the same TdaP could be given to any teen or adult that wanted to boost their immunity. It is commonly recommended to young parents to help protect their new baby until they are mature enough to start the vaccines. ...Read more

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I am experiencing a bump on arm after whooping cough vaccine?

I am experiencing a bump on arm after whooping cough vaccine?

Very common: It is quite common to develop a slight local reaction, such as a bump on the arm, after pertussis vaccine. Best treatment is a cold compress (wet a washcloth and put it in refrigerator for 5 minutes) and then hold on area involved for 5-10 minutes out of each hour you are awake. Ok to use pain relief meds if you really are uncomfortable, but if just a bump, would not suggest that. ...Read more

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Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

No: In order to give the infant protection from the vaccine being given to you, it would have to have been given while the baby was inside, in utero. Now, the baby can get immunity through his/her own vaccination only. Of course, you and any caregiver who comes in close contact with baby should have updated vaccine. That is, anyone holding the baby. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.

What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.

Azithromycin: Azithromycin is the indicated treatment for pertussis. Supportive measures such as hydration, rest and cough suppressants are also helpful but not mandatory. ...Read more

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I had two seizures from the whooping cough vaccine as a child. With my first child on the way it's recommended I get it to protect her. Am I able to?

I had two seizures from the whooping cough vaccine as a child. With my first child on the way it's recommended I get it to protect her. Am I able to?

Yes!: In the old days, we gave a whole cell pertussis vaccine which worked well, but had real, though rare side effects like seizures and encephalopathy. The vaccine has since been improved and we give an acellular version now and the side effects rate is much lower. In fact, it is much more likely that your child will suffer from pertussis the disease than have a reaction to the vaccine. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

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