Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an extremely contagious respiratory infection that can lead to severe breathing problems, especially in infants. However, routine vaccinations have helped nearly eliminate tetanus and diphtheria infections.
Pertussis first appears like an ordinary cold, but then causes intense, uncontrollable coughing spells. Pertussis is the only vaccine-preventable disease that continues to rise in the U. Before 2005, only young children could receive the pertussis vaccine. Outbreaks of pertussis among adolescents and adults have been reported in several states.
If you don’t have insurance or if it does not cover vaccines, your child may be eligible for vaccines through the Vaccines for Children program. Inside the body, the bacteria produce a toxin, or poison.
The toxin causes your muscles to tighten and cramp painfully and causes seizures.
You may be given the Tdap vaccine if you have a severe cut or burn and have never received a dose before. The Tdap vaccine can be given any time of the year. The Like all medicines, vaccines can have side effects.
However, the chance of a life-threatening reaction is small.
Inside the body, the spores become active bacteria and make a toxin (poison) that causes painful muscle stiffness.
Tetanus infection can lead to serious health problems and even death.
A "whoop" noise is heard when the person tries to take a breath after coughing. Waning immunity and inadequate vaccination -- many parents choose not to vaccinate their children -- have led to a resurgence of the disease in the U. Tdap vaccination offers the best prevention against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria.
Tdap stands for tetanus and diphtheria toxoids with acellular pertussis.
Diphtheria is a very contagious infection that makes it difficult to breathe.
In severe cases, it can cause heart and nerve damage.
It is marketed under the brand names Adacel and Boostrix.