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Old 05-27-2008, 01:44 AM   #1
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Whooping cough for the 2nd time?

If you had the whooping cough once, can you get it again? I had it back in 2003-2004, and it was the worst 5 months of my life. I'm paranoid that the feeling I have in the back of my throat is of the same nature as the whooping cough. I'm paranoid because I know the extremities of it and do NOT want to get it again.

I heard many different thoughts about catching the whooping cough again. Many say you're immune to it for at least 5 years, but some say since it's bacterial, you're always going to be susceptible to it.


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Re: Whooping cough for the 2nd time?

Of course you can be immune to bacterial infections.

The pertussis vaccine confers immunity for several years, having actually had the disease is even better.

It's possible to catch it twice, but if you were exposed again less than 5 years after, it's really unlikely you would get seriously ill. (you might catch it, but just have an ordinary cold/cough type thing, rather than the full whooping situation).

Don't stress too much, get some extra sleep, take some vitamins, you'll probably be fine.

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