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What is Pertussis (Whooping Cough)?

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. 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.

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.

The Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine

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.

If you are having this vaccine as a requirement for travel, in order for us to assess the most appropriate vaccines please complete our Travel Risk Assessment.


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