Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Yes. Pertussis is the cause of whooping cough. There has been an increased incidence of whooping cough in the United States. All adults and teenagers should get a pertussis booster. It is very important if you are around infants.
Absolutely. Estimates are as high as 70% of the spread of pertussis comes from underimmunized adults.And the disease appears to be on the rise.

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My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?

Clarification. Centers for disease control recommends that mothers recieve tdap between 26-37 weeks pregnancy and that all household contacts- parents, siblings, grandparents and babysitters are immunized. Your infant has maximum protection after their booster shot (4th shot in series). It is estimated that household members account for 80% of infant pertussis infections. Flu shots for family members also wise. Read more...
Those most at risk. Pertussis is most often fatal to those infants infected under 4-6 months of age.A few weeks after their first dose of the vaccine, most have acheived enough protection to avoid that outcome. Their full protection requires completion of the series, and regular boosters throughout life. Because of the vaccine refusals over the past decade, more pockets of pertussis are emerging all over the country. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

Vaccine for whooping. Pertusses vaccine protects you from getting pertussis also called whooping cough given to babies as a combination vaccine with tetanus and diptheria as DPT and older children and adults as tdap vaccine. Read more...
Pertussis vaccine. Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines & booster is recommended. Read more...

Do you only need one pertussis vaccine for the course of your life?

Every 10 years. Current acip and cdc recommendation is every 10 years after the last booster at 4-6 year-old. However, if you are pregnant, then, it will be with every pregnancy no matter what the interval between each pregnancy is. Read more...

Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Ignorance. Some who follow the preaching of the vaccine hating commuity avoid this vacccine. They assume if the other kids get it theirs wont be at risk.Unfortunately that leads to preventable deaths due to pertussis every year. Thirty or so in 2010 were recorded, mostly under age 6m, and unvaccinated.. Read more...