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.
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.

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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...

Why do people still get whooping cough even though they were 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...
Waning immunity. 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 & we were able to give it to pre-teens.However, any vaccinated older adult is likely vulnerable due to waning immunity. Read more...

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...

Is it possible for a toddler to get whooping cough if he's been immunized?

It's rare- But not impossible. The vaccine is 96-99 % effective, but that still means 1 or 2 in 100 may not build up good antibody levels. If there is concern he has pertussis, cultures can be done. If the concern is did he build up immunity, then a blood test can be done to see if he is indeed immune. That test is not cheap, but if significant concern, then is warranted. Read more...

Can a toddler get whooping cough even if they've been immunized?

Pertussis vaccine. Although the likelihood of contracting whooping cough in someone who has been vaccinated is not very likely no vaccine is 100% effective. If you think your child may have whooping cough then see a Dr. right away. Read more...

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

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. Read more...