How can you prevent whooping cough? It’s simple: children, adolescents and adults need to get vaccinated. You can get vaccinated by your health care provider, the local health department and many pharmacies. Detroit Community Vaccine Providers
The recommended pertussis vaccine for children is called DTaP. This is a safe and effective combination vaccine that protects children against three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Vaccine protection for these diseases can fade with time. Therefore, it is important for adolescents and adults to get a booster called Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).
Most people don’t realize they need a booster to stay immunized against this disease. Only 12.5% of adults have this booster and 90% need it to stop the outbreak. Tdap is a one-time shot for most adults.
The CDC recently expanded the Tdap booster recommendation to include vaccination of expectant mothers every pregnancy. Repeated vaccinations with each pregnancy — late in pregnancy (between 27 and 36 weeks)– means higher levels of maternal antibodies, which can then be passed to the fetus through the placenta providing the infant with protection during the first few months of life.
Immunity is not forever. It is unknown how long immunity against pertussis lasts, therefore routine vaccination is recommended.