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I had whooping cough as an adult. Do I need to immunized?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Transient immunity

Whooping cough at best confers a patient with 5-10 years worth of protective antibody.
Like tetanus & diphtheria, you need to receive boosters to stay protected. Before 1992, boosters were seldom given >6yrs due to vaccine side effects in older patients.The present vaccine is so well tolerated at any age, the tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 yrs rather than tetanus or dt.

In brief: Transient immunity

Whooping cough at best confers a patient with 5-10 years worth of protective antibody.
Like tetanus & diphtheria, you need to receive boosters to stay protected. Before 1992, boosters were seldom given >6yrs due to vaccine side effects in older patients.The present vaccine is so well tolerated at any age, the tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 yrs rather than tetanus or dt.
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