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    Default Whooping Cough Vaccine - How often?

    Sorry if this has been asked before, I've tried searching both here and on just the net and clearly my skills are lacking tonight as I couldn't find my answer.

    How often is the vaccination recommended in adults for Whooping cough? I had mine five years ago later this year but a friend has just had a baby so I'm wondering if I need to get another?

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    I've copied the quotes below from the Adult vaccination schedule table published by the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

    "For any adult who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with pertussis and who has not previously been vaccinated with dTpa. Routine booster doses of dTpa for adults are not recommended unless a criterion for a special risk group is met"

    "For healthcare workers and thos working in early childhood education and care, a booster dose of dTpa is recommended if 10 years have elapsed since a previous dose."

    "For women who are planning for pregnancy, or as soon as possible after delivery of the infant. Alternatively, dTpa can be given to women during the third trimester of pregnancy. A repeat dose of dTpa (either in the third trimester or postpartum) is recommended for a subsequent pregnancy if 5 years or more have elapsed between a previous dose and the expected date of delivery. Any household contact of infants should receive a single dose of dTpa if no previous dose has been given and documented."

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    I had the vaccination when my niece was born in 2010 then when I had my baby in 2013, the doctors said I "should" still be protected but they really aren't sure of the effectiveness period. They said to come back once it is 5 years since my last vaccine so will be back there in 2015.

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    They say it is effective between 4-9 years - but you won't really know if you are one to hold on to the immunity for that long. I'll be getting mine every 5 years .

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    I make it a point to get one every five years. I thought at one time it was every ten years.


 

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