Pertussis is an airborne disease caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is spread through coughs and sneezes of an infected person. Pertussis is also known as the "100 day cough" as symptoms and coughing can last up to 100 days. People with whooping cough can pass on the infection to others from the start of symptoms until about three weeks into the coughing fits.
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.
The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine is administered as single injection, but is only available to us as a combined vaccine with polio and acellular pertussis.
Please be aware that for full immunity some vaccination courses, with more than one vaccine required, may take up to a month or longer. Please, also be aware that many vaccinations will not become fully effective until weeks after the course completion. It is strongly advised that you leave plenty of time to complete the course before your trip. Intervals between different vaccines or doses are recommended, which allows time for antibodies to be produced and any reaction to the vaccine to subside.
The above information should only be used as a guide and is not a substitute for medical advice. All vaccinations are only carried out following a Travel Risk Assessment and Consultation. The brand of vaccine we supply may also vary depending on the current supply status of a particular vaccine.
In order for us to assess the most appropriate vaccines please complete our Travel Risk Assessment.
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