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How common is pertussis in adults and is the vaccine recommended?
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, Yes, Yes!!
There have been about 10-25, 000 cases of pertussis reported each year in adults and teens in the us from 2004 - 2010.
Children over age 11 need to get a dose of the combined tetanus/pertussis vaccine. Anyone over age 19 who has never had a dose of the tetanus/pertussis vaccine should get one as soon as possible. For more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/recs-summary.Htm.

In brief: Yes, Yes, Yes!!
There have been about 10-25, 000 cases of pertussis reported each year in adults and teens in the us from 2004 - 2010.
Children over age 11 need to get a dose of the combined tetanus/pertussis vaccine. Anyone over age 19 who has never had a dose of the tetanus/pertussis vaccine should get one as soon as possible. For more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/recs-summary.Htm.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Randolph Thomas
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Common and yes
Pertussis is extremely common in adults and reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
A 2004 study based on mathematical modeling throught the university of north carolina estimated a million cases a year in the usa. Tests for pertussis are rarely done for adults with chronic cough. The vaccine is recommended once for all adults through age 64 and for > 65 in close contact with infants.

In brief: Common and yes
Pertussis is extremely common in adults and reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
A 2004 study based on mathematical modeling throught the university of north carolina estimated a million cases a year in the usa. Tests for pertussis are rarely done for adults with chronic cough. The vaccine is recommended once for all adults through age 64 and for > 65 in close contact with infants.
Dr. Randolph Thomas
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