The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have just revised the guidelines for the whooping cough vaccine in lieu of the recent outbreaks.
The recommendations are for a single dose of Tdap to be given to health care workers of all ages and to all adults including those over the age of 65 who have contact with infants.
In addition, a single dose of Tdap should be given to children aged 7 to 10 who were underimmunized or who have an incomplete vaccination history.
It’s still recommended that adolescents, including pregnant adolescents, and pregnant women be vaccinated for whooping cough.
The updated recommendations also say that there is no longer a minimum interval between receiving a tetanus or diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Tdap. The revised policy statement appears in the October issue of Pediatrics.
Some may think the cough is just a cold but if a cough persists and is constant be sure to visit your doctor as complications can arise from whooping cough left untreated. If you have had whopping cough prior you can still get it again, don’t be fooled into that false claim.