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Doctor insights on: When Do Children Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

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Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Yes!: Especially if you're around young children. If you're a healthy middle aged adult with pertussis (whooping cough) you might have a cough for a few weeks, but you'll live. If you pass whooping cough to a newborn.. They can die. Do a google search for "baby with pertussis" and watch some videos. It's scary and sad. Get your tdap (tetanus and pertussis) booster today! ...Read more

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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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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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Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

Can I have gotten whooping cough from dtap vaccine?

No...: The vaccine is not a live vaccine so you cannot get whooping cough from the killed vaccine. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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Can a toddler get whooping cough even if they've been immunized?

Can a toddler get whooping cough even if they've been immunized?

Pertussis vaccine.: Although the likelihood of contracting whooping cough in someone who has been vaccinated is not very likely no vaccine is 100% effective. If you think your child may have whooping cough then see a Dr. right away. ...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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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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Can a toddler still get whooping cough if they've been immunized?

Can a toddler still get whooping cough if they've been immunized?

Unlikely but possibl: There is no vaccine that is 100% guarantee you will never get the disease effective. Also, if your body has certain types of immune deficiencies, some vaccines might "not take" for you and you won't build up an immunity for that disease. So while the technical answer to your question is yes, it is very rare to get disease after immunization. However, protection may wear off and you need boosters! ...Read more

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Can you get the whooping caugh vaccine while pregnant?

Can you get the whooping caugh vaccine while pregnant?

Yes: The current vaccine is safe and effective when given during pregnancy. Most wait until after the first trimester only out of extra caution. The vaccine helps you pass a degree of immune protection to baby in their first months, when whooping cough is most deadly. A newborns system is not mature enough to respond to the vaccine until 6-8 weeks, so this helps bridge the gap. ...Read more

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When do kids need a booster of varicella vaccine?

When do kids need a booster of varicella vaccine?

Age 4-6 years: The first vaccine for varicella is given at 12 months of age. A booster is given at ages 4-6, prior to kindergarten entry. ...Read more

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How often do I need to get the whooping cough vaccination?

How often do I need to get the whooping cough vaccination?

At least once adult: You should get the tdap (which contains the whooping cough or pertussis "p" vaccine at least once as an adult. We don't know yet if adults ae going to need ongoing boosters every so many years - that research is not complete yet. Ob's and pediatricians are also recommending pregnant moms get reboosters with each pregnancy to protect newborn infant - talk it over with them if you're with child! ...Read more

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When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

Depends/very much so: In the US the schedule starts the MMR series at a year with a booster at 4-5 yrs. In a local epidemic or when traveling in a worrisome area it can be given 1st at 6 mo but the dose wouldn't count other than to provide temporary protection. A repeat at 1yr would be required & considered the start of the series. Vaccines in infants & children are one of the best health advances in the 20th century. ...Read more

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Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?

Doctor can evaluate: The booster shot (tdap) is recommended for all adults, of all ages, to protect against pertussis. Depending on the individual situation, one's primary care doctor can advise on whether or not antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Do i need to take the whooping cough vaccination every year?

Do i need to take the whooping cough vaccination every year?

No: After the primary series is completed in infancy the interval lengthens between recommended doses.By adulthood a booster every decade will keep up your antibody levels. ...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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Do adults get croup?

Do adults get croup?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and illness is usually mild and can seem more like a cold. ...Read more

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Why do people still get whooping cough even though they were immunized?

Why do people still get whooping cough even though they were immunized?

Waning immunity: Those vaccinated as kids before the early 90's received the whole cell vaccine that was never given after 5 and many began to lose immunity by their teens. After the mid 90's we began using the synthetic vaccine with less side effects & we were able to give it to pre-teens.However, any vaccinated older adult is likely vulnerable due to waning immunity. ...Read more

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Does every asthmatic children need the flu jab?

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Does every asthmatic children need the flu jab?

Certainly yes: Asthmatics are at higher risk to develop severe flu and its complications including death. ...Read more

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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


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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