Can you get whooping cough without a whoop noise?

Yes. The whoop is more specific to infants.Their airways are rubbery and spasm,filling with so much debris that they cough continuously until they inhale against a noisy airway. Adults often go through the pre cough phase for weeks followed by the "100 days cough" which is seldom worse than the average bronchitis, just longer.

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How might you get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Waining immunity. Bacteria related vaccines like pertussis (whooping cough)& tetanus will generate immunity that is shorter in duration than some of the viral vaccines like measles.Before ~1992 we rarely gave the pertussis vaccine to anyone over 6 due shot reactions & side effects. Teens & adults were occasionally infected.Today the newer vaccine has less side effects &it is recommended for teens & adults. Read more...

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...

How often do you need to get a whooping cough shot to avoid it?

Pertussis. There is high pertussis vaccine coverage for children nationwide. However, protection from the childhood vaccine decreases over time. Preteens, teens and adults need to be revaccinated, even if they were completely vaccinated as children. Read more...

How can you treat whooping cough when you first get the symptoms.?

Time and patience. Once the cough starts from pertussis it is generally too late to affect the course of the disease. However, the antibiotic zithromax is indicated to reduce tramsission of the disease to others. If truly caught in te earliest phase, zithromax can provide a cure and reduce the length of the illness which can otherwise last for 100 days. Read more...

Help! Could someone get whooping cough more than once in a lifetime?

Yes. Neither natural disease nor vaccination provides lifelong immunity. Reinfections are generally milder. Read more...
Yes. Like strep throat, the whooping cough is a bacteria and you can get it more than once. Vaccinations we gave before the 90's had so many side effects, we didn't give boosters after 6 and teens/adults were the most often diagnosed group. Today's vaccine is milder and can be given to adults. The natural illness or vaccination produces only transient protection (up to a decade) Read more...

Is it still possible to get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Yes. The vaccine strongly reduces your risk, but vaccines are rarely 100% effective, so they can fail. Read more...
Yes. 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 & were able to give it to pre-teens.However, any vaccinated older adult is likely vulnerable due to waning immunity. Read more...