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Side Effects Of Whooping Cough Vaccine In Adults
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
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
I'm having my baby next week. Grandparents, great grandparents, 9 year old step-son and husband will be around the baby for the first month. Should we all get the whooping cough vaccine?
Yes: All the adults may get the pertussis vaccine. If the 9 ys old had his vaccine done before, ie at 5 yrs of age, he does not need again. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
Could having a Tetanus, Whooping cough vaccine a week or two before doing the Ora Quick HIV test effect the results?
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
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
Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Tdap: He should get Tdap vaccineGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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