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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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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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Hacking/"whooping sound"/breathingnoisy/sneezing/belching/jaw pain, got a whooping vaccine too?

Hacking/"whooping sound"/breathingnoisy/sneezing/belching/jaw pain, got a whooping vaccine too?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor. I can't tell you what is going on with you. Only your doctor can after you have a exam. Even though you had a vaccination there are still other diseases that you can get. So get to, the doctor and get treated. ...Read more

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Can whooping cough vaccine affect my unborn baby?

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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My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

My baby has cold flu bronchitis pertussis, treatment?

M.D. visit: Your physician can order a test to determine if your baby has pertussis and/or the flu. There are also a number of viruses which can cause cold symptoms. Checking the baby's temperature and discussing the possible treatment regimen is the next step. ...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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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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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Flu and pnumonia vac: Flu vaccine can be taken with pnumonia vaccine, if it is recommended by your doctor because of your age or medical condition you can take tham together. ...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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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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What is whooping cough?

What is whooping cough?

100 Day Cough: Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always.In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days.Most cases are preventable by immunizing.So the vaccine is best. ...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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Rotavirus vaccine timeframe? When should my infant get a rotavirus vaccine?

Rotavirus vaccine timeframe? When should my infant get a rotavirus vaccine?

2 different vaccines: There are 2 brands available: Rotarix (2 dose schedule) and RotaTeq (3 dose schedule) both are started at baby's 2 month visit though can be given as early as six weeks. A second dose is given 6-8 weeks later (can receive as early as 4 weeks after) and third dose (depending on which vaccine) no later than 32 weeks of age. This is given by mouth and not as a shot. ...Read more

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Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman receive tdap vaccine?

Can a pregnant woman receive tdap vaccine?

Category C: The tdap is considered a category c drug during pregnancy. This basically means there is no specific evidence of fetal harm if taken. Some practitioners wait until the second trimester to give it out of extra caution, but it is truly a good investment in your babies health. It adds a bit of pertussis protection to the antibodies you give baby & helps until they can get their first one at 2m. ...Read more

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Allergic to tetanus can i just get whopping cough vaccine only?

Allergic to tetanus can i just get whopping cough vaccine only?

Pertussis: They make a separate vaccine, but you might have to look around, or have it special ordered by your doctor. ...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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Could you explain when was the whooping cough immunisation/vaccination introduced?

Could you explain when was the whooping cough immunisation/vaccination introduced?

FIRST USE IN 1942: The DANISH PHYSICIAN THORVALD MADSEN WAS THE FIRST TO TEST THE PERTUSSIS VACCINE AND USED IT IN FAROE ISLAND IN NORTH SEA IN 1942 IN 1925 AN AMERICAN SCIENTIST PEARL KENDRICK DEVELOPED THE COMBINATION VACCINE DPY WHICH WE USE TODAY BY COMBINING THE WHOLE CELL PERTUSSIS VACCINE WITH DIPTHERIA AND TETANUS.THAT COMBINATION WAS FURTHER REFINED INTO DTaP VACCINE IN 1980 ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a whooping cough vaccine while pregnant? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Is it safe to get a whooping cough vaccine while pregnant? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Yes: Tdap vaccination (includes acellular pertussis vaccine) is highly recommended for pregnant women who have not had it. Best administered after 20 weeks' gestation to optimize antibody transfer to fetus & protection after birth. ...Read more

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Please let me know is it safe to take whooping cough vaccine while pregnant?

Please let me know is it safe to take whooping cough vaccine while pregnant?

It is RECOMMENDED: Pertussis vaccine is now given as tdap vaccine in late second trimester or third trimester. It gives protection to the mother as well as limited protection to the baby. It is recommended that all pregnant women should receive Tdap Vacie during every pregnancy regardless of when you received the last dose to pass passive immunity against Whooping Cough to the New Born ...Read more

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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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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 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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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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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?

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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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

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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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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

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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

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 Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more