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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Should I worry if my baby was exposed to the whooping cough two weeks ago?

Whooping cough: There is little chance that your baby can develop whooping cough if your baby has received the 3 injections of the dtap vaccine by the time s/he is 6 months old. This will be a good time for all children and adults in the household to get their boosters. ...Read more

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How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

Exposure/no antibody: Many mothers delivering today had their last whooping cough vaccine as a kid and will not have any remaining antibody to pass to their newborn. Recently,OBs have started giving the TdaP to pregnant women to help avoid this.The vaccine is not effective if given before 6 wks, so the newest babies are vulnerable if exposed. This germ can pass from infected people before they realize they are ill. ...Read more

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Once a baby had whooping cough are they always contagious if not for how long?

Once a baby had whooping cough are they always contagious if not for how long?

No: Most individuals are no longer contagious after about 3 weeks of onset of symptoms or earlier if treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

To avoid death: The newborn will not develop protective antibodies to whooping cough if immunized at birth & maternal antibodies are usually weak. However, it begins to have that ability by 6-8 weeks when the first vaccine is given.Whooping cough fatalities are >60% in infants under 6 months of age.The young can develop progressive respiratory distress & cough hard enough to have a stroke.You shouldn't wait. ...Read more

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For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

To avoid death: Antibodies derived from mom during pregnancy are thought to interfere with a babies ability to make active antibodies before 6-8 weeks when we start most vaccines.The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is started at 6-8 wks to start building protection. Pertussis is most deadly to infants.More than 60% of fatalities are under 6 months of age and 80% under a year. ...Read more

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Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

Opposite: Immunized children are less likely to be infected with Pertussis than those not immunized. Effective immunity is not usually established until the 4th vaccines, generally administered at 15 months of age. The virus in the vaccine is not live, and cannot produce natural disease. ...Read more

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After a baby is vaccine for whooping cough can they still catch it?

Yes but: The risk of dying from complications of whooping cough drop to near zero in an infant a few weeks after the first dose. After the primary series is completed, it is likely the kid would not be symptomatic enough to be tested.(they might have it) after many years, the risk of dying remains very low but as immunity decreases a kid can become symptomatic with a bronchitis & spread it to others. ...Read more

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What vaccine should my husband get before the baby is born to prevent whooping cough?

What vaccine should my husband get before the baby is born to prevent whooping cough?

Tdap : I find few adults today have actually kept up with pertussis immunity as the vaccine was just cleared for adults a few years ago. Today we try to surround a newborn with immunized family that can't give them pertussis or the flu before they start the vaccines at 2mo. This includes all grandparents too. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more


Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more