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Old 06-05-2007, 07:57 AM   #1
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Whooping cough vaccination

I learned the hard way that having had whooping cough as a child or having vaccination does not provide a lifetime immunity.

I had a bad case of whooping cough as a child but immunity did not last a lifetime, recently had whooping cough and pneumonia.

My internist tells me whooping cough is back and increasing. Doctors will now vaccinate with a combination of tetanus, diptheria, whooping cough when you get a tetanus booster.

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Old 06-05-2007, 12:08 PM   #2
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Re: Whooping cough vaccination

You are so right Misty. The new Tdap booster, licensed in 2005, is reccomended for adolescents 11 through 18 years as a one time booster instead of the regular Td booster normally given. A 2 year interval is reccomended since the last DTap or Td vaccination. Adults 19 through 64 should substitute Tdap for one booster dose of Td. As a child, you get the DTap vaccine until age 7 and the Td after that. With the re-occurence of whooping cough due to the waning immunity after your last Pertussis containing DTaP vaccination at age 7, the Tdap vaccine was developed. I just had mine at my last physical. The only side effect would be the same as a regular Td booster which may be a sore arm.

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