Pertussis is also known as the "100 day cough" as symptoms and coughing can last up to 100 days. It is spread by coughing or sneezing. Individuals are most infectious in the early stages of symptoms, often before they know they have whooping cough.
Information: The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine is administered as single injection, but is only available to us as a combined vaccine with diphtheria, tetanus, polio and pertussis.
If you are unsure which vaccines you require for an upcoming trip IGP provide a travel telephone consultation with a trained practice Nurse to advise on the vaccine requirements for your upcoming travel. During this appointment the Nurse will conduct a detailed assessment and create a schedule of your required vaccinations.
On booking your travel consultation you will receive an email confirming your appointment details with a link to a 'Travel Risk Assessment Form' that we ask you to completed prior to your appointment.
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: £30 (Discounted from the total cost of any future vaccines administered)
Please note that vaccine cost is the cost per dose to have the vaccine with a nurse and not a GP. There is an additional fee of £25 for the vaccine to be administered by a GP. Also, the number of doses required indicates the number of doses for a standard course. For instance, an accelerated course can impact the number of doses required.
Pertussis is an airborne disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. It is a highly infectious disease which can lead to serious complications including death. The disease is especially severe in newborn babies and is a major cause of infant death worldwide.
Initially symptoms are comparable to those of the common cold. Patients may experience a runny nose, fever, and mild cough which develops into severe coughing. Following a fit of coughing a high-pitched whoop sound or gasp may occur as the person breathes in, which is where the condition gets its name.
Pertussis is a cyclical disease and every 3-4 years there is an increase in numbers of cases. The reasons for this are not clear. It is not possible to develop natural immunity to pertussis without getting the disease itself. The only way to protect you or your child is vaccination. Most children receive the pertussis vaccine as part of their childhood vaccine schedule. However, IGP provide the Whooping Cough vaccine privately for those who missed their initial vaccine course.
If you cancel your appointment 24 hours before it starts, then you will receive a full refund. However, If you cancel your appointment within the 24-hour period before the appointment is due, then you will be liable to pay the cost of the consultation. If you do need to reschedule please contact us as soon as possible.
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