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Although whooping cough is considered to be an illness of childhood, adults may also develop the disease. The illness usually is milder in adults...
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It starts like a cold, with congestion and upper respiratory symptoms.  After a week or so, a cough develops.  The cough worsens over...
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Outbreaks can occur when enough people in the population are susceptible to pertussis.  Some people are susceptible because they never got...
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Directly from the CDC web site....Any adult 19 years of age and older who has not received a dose of Tdap should get one as soon as feasible – to...
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Yes, that is possible. The vaccine is not 100% protective, so if your child has been exposed to whooping cough (pertussis) or this disease is making...
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No. Whooping cough should not be self-treated with over-the-counter medications. If whooping cough is suspected, the person needs to be seen...
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Whooping cough spreads from person to person through close contact with oral secretions or respiratory droplets. So it's easily spread through...
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Hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes may prevent some pertussis transmission. However, vaccination (in childhood and again in adolescence or...
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Please check out this website. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.htmlEarly symptoms are similar to a cold, with a mild cough and...
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Whooping cough commonly affects infants and young children but can be prevented by immunization with pertussis vaccine. Pertussis vaccine is most...
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Whooping cough is commonly thought of as sort of an old-time disease of childhood that went away with vaccination, but it never really went away...
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We vaccinate our children against whooping cough, of course, and that has been successful. But we've learned that once people become young adults...
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The pertussis vaccine cannot cause disease...it is not a live vaccine. If the baby developed pertussis, it was because she was exposed to someone who...
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Whooping cough (pertussis) can be laboratory proven by an lab test....and so can Strep. It is possible to develop both since they are two different...
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Whooping cough is caused by bordetella pertussis, a bacteria that can live in the human respiratory tract. Pertussis, or whooping cough, is spread...