How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

Well but: Studies show: newer vaccine works well but fades over time. 1) kids who get pertussis 89% < likely to have had all 5 series dtap. Get the series 2) but the newer vaccine does not stay protective as long and must be boosted for certain: w/in the 1st years of series immunity 95%. By age 8-10 years it is 70%. In calif in 2010: 3% cases in 4 year olds. 31% cases were in 10 year olds. Stay boosted.

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How well do the whooping cough vaccine work?

Very well. The vaccinated child is 27x less likely to develop whooping cough after exposure than those without. The protection is time related, months for infants & years for school age & adults; however, bacterial vaccines are never totally preventive in the face of heavy exposure. Death is most common <4-6m infants & essentially unheard of among the vaccinated.Boosters in adults protect infants. Read more...

Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

Yes. There is no question that they are effective, but not 100% of the time. Also they require boosters periodically. The frequency of the disease is clearly less when the population is immunized properly. Read more...
If used. The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically,particularly on the west coast.In 2014 there were 40,000 with at least 40 deaths.Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. Read more...

Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Yes and no. I usually give the final whooping cough booster at 11 or 12,but the same TdaP could be given to any teen or adult that wanted to boost their immunity. It is commonly recommended to young parents to help protect their new baby until they are mature enough to start the vaccines. Read more...
Yes TDAP IS THE ONE. TDAP is the vaccine for Diptheria/Tetanus and Pertuses(whooping cough) given to teenagers and adults. Read more...

How could I make the whooping cough vaccine injection not hurt?

Try.... Apply an anesthetic cream called Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) to the site 45 minutes prior to the injection. Apply heat afterward. And try to relax the arm. Read more...

After a baby is vaccine for whooping cough can they still catch it?

Yes but. The risk of dying from complications of whooping cough drop to near zero in an infant a few weeks after the first dose. After the primary series is completed, it is likely the kid would not be symptomatic enough to be tested.(they might have it) after many years, the risk of dying remains very low but as immunity decreases a kid can become symptomatic with a bronchitis & spread it to others. Read more...

Is it true that a vaccine for whooping cough should be given this year?

Possibly . The whooping cough has jumped in frequency within the us from a baseline of 2500 cases/yr in the 90's to an estimated 15, 000 this year.The tdap is an adult booster that covers whooping cough, tetanus & diphtheria. If you haven't had a booster in years you are susceptible & could develop the "100 days cough" of pertussis or pass it to infants that have high risk of dying with the disease. Read more...

I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

Confusing question. An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines.The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. Read more...