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Old July 1st, 2006, 08:44 PM
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Default FYI: pertussis booster

My DD (who finished her residency in internal medicine yesterday - ask me if I'm proud!) has reminded me that prior to our next cruise (oops - it's only 8 days away) I should be revaccinated for pertussis (whooping cough). CDC has recommended that anyone over 50 who has not been vaccinated in the last 5 years for pertussis do so in light of world wide occurances.

Just thought ya'll would like to know.
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Old July 1st, 2006, 09:15 PM
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Hi Magnolia Blossom,

Congrats on your DD finishing her residency! I KNOW you are proud !

Thanks for the info on pertussis. I've printed it out to take to my next doctor's appt. so I won't forget !
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The CDC does not recommend this particular vaccination. If you go to their site at:

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/outbreaks.htm

You can read about outbreaks for which they recommend vaccinations. I also searched under recommended vaccinations (just in general) and recent articles or updates about pertussis. I can't find anything that recommends re-vaccination.

I have a friend who works at the CDC (actually 2 friends) and both of these physicians say that the CDC is frequently "credited" with things that didn't actually come from them.

It sure couldn't hurt to ask your own doctor, but for now at least, the CDC doesn't recommend it....

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Magnolia, congratulations on your daughters accomplishment!!
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Well, DD says the docs at U of Va are recommending it to anyone who travels, is in frequent contact with children.
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I agree Magnolia, that it wouldn't hurt to ask your physician. It's just that the pertussis vaccination is associated with some pretty scarey possible side effects, including brain damage.

It's probably the most controversial vaccination, and one that parents are giving lots of thought to these days.

I would encourage anyone to ask their physician, but ALSO ask about the possible side effects.

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