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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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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


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

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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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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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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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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Why would the whooping cough vaccine be given only to people under 65 years old?

Confusing question: At least one whooping cough preparation, Boostrix gsk has been studied is elderly patients and found effective in producing protective antibody levels comparable to those in infants. It is also approved for single dose use in anyone >10yr. Whether or not individual physicians use or insurers cover this product is a separate issue. ...Read more

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Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

Why did I still get whooping cough as a child even after having all the vaccine shots?

Not 100%: Vaccines really have been a major improvement in public health but no medicine is 100% effective. When vaccines don't prevent a disease they do usually make it much lighter. We also now know that most vaccines do not last forever . Boosters are often needed later in life. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more