Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Do I Need a Booster Shot for Whooping Cough?

Friday, 15 Nov 2013 01:33 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Now that whooping cough is making its way across the country, I’m wondering about vaccination. We all had shots as youngsters, should we get a "booster shot" now? And at what age?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
You are correct. We all need a booster shot. We have found that the whooping cough (pertussis) component of the childhood vaccine does not always generate sufficient protection for everyone. Vaccine timing or a recent illness can have an impact on the vaccine's effectiveness. Some people also simply have a poor response to vaccination.
 
All adults over 19 years of age should receive a Tdap vaccination to ensure optimal protection from pertussis, regardless of when their last tetanus or diptheria vaccine was received. All adolescents should have received a Tdap at age 10-2 as a part of routine vaccinations recommended for all children.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's re-vaccination recommendations for all ages are available on the CDC Website.

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